Keywords

Latter-day Saints, titles, brother, sister, young adults

Abstract

In this paper, I analyze forms of address between Latter-day Saint (Mormon) young adults. In American English, title + last name (TLN) is typically used for older, superior, or unfamiliar addressees while first name (FN) is directed towards younger, subordinate, or familiar addressees (Brown & Gilman 1960). In the Mormon context, the TLN form is Brother or Sister followed by a surname (Fogg 1990). While many other studies analyze address forms between individuals with varying power or age differences (Brown & Ford 1961; Wood & Ryan 1991; Murray 2002; Dickey 1997), this study focuses those who are of similar age and power— particularly, young married individuals—and what factors determine the form of address used.

Original Publication Citation

Joseph A. Stanley. 2015. “Brother Bell’s Audience Design: Forms of Address among Latter-day Saint Young Adults.” 39th Annual Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC39). Philadelphia, PA. March 19–21.

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

2015

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

Linguistics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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