Contrasting Fortunes of European Leaders Attempting to Use the T-Form of Address in Public During State Visits
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- T and V forms of address; Speech etiquette; European Leaders; Diplomatic behaviour; Intercultural communication; Discursive approach
This article examines the use of T and V forms of communication. We explain the historical and psychological reasons why Russians are wary of T as a form of communication. We give examples of European Leaders and their choice of T and V forms when addressing others, in private and in public, which go beyond traditional norms. The reaction of the Russian media to the use of the T form by Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel when addressing President Vladimir Putin is contrasted with the reaction to French President Emanuel Macron when he also attempts to introduce the T form of address. All this suggests that, although T form of address may be common between politicians in private, the V-V form of address is the safest strategy if third person interlocutors are present, except in very special circumstances.
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TY - CONF AU - Marina Vazanova PY - 2022 DA - 2022/03/30 TI - Contrasting Fortunes of European Leaders Attempting to Use the T-Form of Address in Public During State Visits BT - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Education, Language, Art and Inter-cultural Communication (ICELAIC 2021) PB - Atlantis Press SP - 369 EP - 374 SN - 2352-5398 UR - https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.220306.060 DO - 10.2991/assehr.k.220306.060 ID - Vazanova2022 ER -