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Kiesling, SF (2004) Dude. American Speech, 79 (3). 281 - 305. ISSN 0003-1283

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The patterns of use for the address term dude are outlined, as are its functions and meanings in interaction. Explanations are provided for its rise in use, particularly among young men, in the early 1980s, and for its continued popularity since then. Dude is used mostly by young men to address other young men; however, its use has expanded so that it is now used as a general address term for a group (same or mixed gender), and by and to women. Dude is developing into a discourse marker that need not identify an addressee, and more generally encodes the speaker's stance to his or her current addressee(s). Dude indexes a stance of cool solidarity, a stance which is especially valuable for young men as they navigate cultural Discourses of young masculinity, which simultaneously demand masculine solidarity, strict heterosexuality, and nonconformity.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kiesling, SFkiesling@pitt.eduKIESLING0000-0003-4954-1038
Date: 1 January 2004
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: American Speech
Volume: 79
Number: 3
Page Range: 281 - 305
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1215/00031283-79-3-281
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0003-1283
Article Type: Review
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2017 20:38
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2019 15:55


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