How to Address a Student

I noticed that all my old professors address students by their first names. Some would even resort to nicknames. As for my relatively young teachers, the yuppies and the fresh graduates, they address their students by their last names: Mr. So-and-so or Ms. So-and-so.

I wonder if there are sociolinguistic implications here, that my old professors call students by their first names to endear themselves to the younger generation, and that my younger teachers address students more formally with their family names, to assert their authority because the age gap is too close.

 

(?) Hmm.

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