Bros, boys and guys: address term function and communities of practice in a New Zealand rugby team

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Abstract

This paper is a preliminary study of address terms based on a small corpus of talk by members of a New Zealand rugby team collected using ethnographic fieldwork. The paper first looks at how address terms are used by different Communities of Practice within the rugby team then goes on to analyse the range of discourse functions of the speech acts that contain the address terms. A comparison of the frequency of Maori and Pakeha address terms indicates that in the match day discourse of the rugby club it is Pakeha norms of address that dominate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-54
Number of pages21
JournalNew Zealand English journal
Volume2010
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • language and culture
  • communities of practice
  • rugby football teams
  • sociolinguistics

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