Vietnamese addressing system and its implication for Second generation Vietnamese American speech communities in large Vietnamese community states in America.

Vietnam, ID LLCE2015-141

The purpose of this paper was to explore in depth the Vietnamese addressing system consisting of personal pronouns, kinship terms, and proper names and their implication for second generation of Vietnamese American speech communities with both parents are Vietnamese in the states of large Vietnamese population. The research was done secondarily. Examples to illustrate different usage of references are collected and transcribed from some of the famous reality shows in Vietnam: Người giấu mặt (Big brother), Con đã lớn khôn (I’m old enough). Data are also collected to reveal difficulties Vietnamese American meet when using addressing through Skype random observation of Vietnamese American children unconsciously with their parents’ permission. The results indicated useful implications in maintaining culture values and language which brings some benefits to speakers of Vietnamese American in general.