Greeting and social change

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Title: Greeting and social change
Authors: Migge, Bettina
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/5842
Date: 2005
Abstract: This paper discusses greeting routines in the Eastern Maroon community of Suriname and French Guiana. The paper argues that there are two broad sets of greeting routines. They have different origins, linguistic structures and distinct social meanings (e.g. setting, social groups, social relationship). As a result of social changes in the community, their social distribution, frequency and their social meanings are currently changing. The ‘urban’ greetings are being extended to all kinds of new social spheres and are increasingly losing their negative or subculture connotations while the ‘village’ greetings are becoming restricted to a relatively small set of situations and kinds of interactions. Moreover, new kinds of greeting practices emerge to symbolically assert existing social distinctions and to mark newly emerging social realities.
Type of material: Book Chapter
Publisher: John Benjamins
Keywords: Greeting;Structure of greetings;Social relations;Eastern Maroon community
DOI: 10.1075/veaw.g34
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Is part of: Mühleisen, S. & Migge, B. (eds.). Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles
Appears in Collections:Languages, Cultures and Linguistics Research Collection

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