The social indexicality of forms of address tú and usted in Bogotá, Colombia

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dc.contributor Koronkiewicz, Bryan
dc.contributor O'Rourke, Erin
dc.contributor Picone, Michael
dc.contributor Pritzker, Sonya
dc.contributor.advisor Cipria, Alicia
dc.contributor.author Lopez Lopez, Giovani
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-16T15:03:34Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-16T15:03:34Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003394
dc.identifier.other LopezLopez_alatus_0004D_13889
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/6451
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract This ethnographic study examines the indexical meanings of forms of address tú and usted in the speech of Bogotá, Colombia; the social and linguistic factors that influence their meaning and use; the preferences in address of different social groups found in this city; and the implications of using either form in conversation. 78 individuals from different socioeconomic and generational groups participated in this study through a sociolinguistic interview, a questionnaire, and more than 40 hours of video recording of spontaneous conversations mostly in the home context. Findings of this study were analyzed from the perspective of the concepts of indexicality, language and social identity, language attitudes and language ideologies, and the precepts of the Communication Accommodation Theory. Among other aspects, findings of this study indicate that in Bogota tú and usted have a multiplicity of social meanings which in great part depend on the characteristics that make up the social identity of interlocutors and the context at hand. The findings also indicate that a variety of social and linguistic/situational factors influence the use of forms of address tú and usted, and that using either form in conversation can have meaningful effects in the development of dialogue. Consequently, individuals use tú and usted in strategic ways, indexing their agency and intentionality. The current study highlights the fact that in Bogotá the meaning and use of tú and usted can be co-constructed and negotiated in dialogue; and most important, that through their use individuals depict a series of social perspectives and affiliations. The current investigation advocates for the inclusion of a more comprehensive address in the classroom in which not only the form tú is presented given the benefits that more variation can represent in real-life situations.
dc.format.extent 331 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Sociolinguistics
dc.subject.other Foreign language education
dc.subject.other Modern language
dc.title The social indexicality of forms of address tú and usted in Bogotá, Colombia
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Department of Modern Languages and Classics
etdms.degree.discipline Romance Languages
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level doctoral
etdms.degree.name Ph.D.


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