A Note on Women’s Courtesy Titles in Chinese

Lindsey N.H. Chen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study examines the use of women’s courtesy titles in contemporary Taiwanese society. In particular, 245 native Mandarin speakers were asked to complete a survey that was modeled on the one used by Donna Lillian. The results show that age is an influential factor in the selection of courtesy titles for women of different marital status. They also confirm Lillian’s observation that a woman’s occupational status may outweigh her marital status. The study lends insight into the uses of courtesy titles across cultures and briefly suggests areas worth exploring in future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Oct 1


  • Chinese surnames
  • form of address
  • transcultural gender-related onomastics
  • women’s courtesy titles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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