Terms of Address in Guam (Chamorro) Variety of the English Language as a Means to Express Guamanians’ National Identity

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The article is part of the authors’ big research on the forms of address in Asian varieties of the English language, which will finally be reflected in the “Dictionary of the Forms of Address in World Englishes: Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Guam”. Effective and successful communication largely depends on the forms of address used by the speakers. Being social phenomena, forms of address can vary from culture to culture following the traditions and etiquette rules of this culture. The questionnaires on the forms of address filled in by Guamanians; two dictionaries on Chamorro English; local newspapers analyses; and personal observations of the authors turned out a solid proof of the hypothesis that even though speaking English as a second language, Guamanians make English their local variety, with forms of address typical to Guam variety of the English language. Quantitative, descriptive, and observation methods were used to analyze the forms of address in Chamorro variety of the English language, and classification of the forms of address used by the native people of Guam was formed and presented in the article.


About the authors

Svetlana S. Il’ina

Far Eastern Federal University

Author for correspondence.
Email: svilyina@mail.ru
8, Sukhanova St., Vladivostok, 690091, Russian Federation

PhD in Philology, Associate Professor of the Academic Department of English at the Eastern Institute - School of Regional and International Studies

Yuliya V. Bekisheva

Far Eastern Federal University

Email: julia.bekisheva@gmail.com
8, Sukhanova St., Vladivostok, 690091, Russian Federation

Assistant of the Academic Department of English at the Eastern Institute - School of Regional and International Studies

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