Kádár, Daniel Z. (2007) Review: Taavitsainen, Irma and Andreas H. Jucker (2003).Diachronic Perspectives on Address Term Systems. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. Hardback ISBN 90-272-5348-X. Journal of Politeness Research Language Behaviour Culture, 3 (1). pp. 159-164. ISSN 1612-5681

The (de-)systemization of terms of address (henceforth TOA) is a thoroughly
researched issue in pragmatics, and it is difficult to attain resounding
success under the shadow of “classics” like Braun (1988). Yet
Jucker and Taavitsainen were able to edit a book that will be prospectively
influential for the further study of TOA. The Diachronic Perspec-
tives on Address Term Systems is an innovative compilation which comprises
writings from well-known authorities on TOA research in a wellarranged
way. Even though the contributors present different ideas on
temporally and spatially diverse languages, the reader gains a comprehensive
and challenging insight into the contemporary research of historical
TOA. Hence the work is not only relevant for TOA specialists,
but is also a basic handbook for readers with more general interest.

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