If someone uses your name in all correspondence with you, and this is not necessary, then what part of the English language is the name?

For example:

What is your point Jay?

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    The addressee? You ask for "part of speech" but it is unclear whether your question refers to the unnecessary habit you mention. It's not strictly unnecessary anyway, we use the person's name in face to face talk too, when we want to emphasise something. Jul 5 '18 at 18:21
  • I would add familiar. A letter or email becomes more personal if the recipient's name is used in its text. Similarly when talking, we use the person's name to draw them in closer, or sometimes, to lessen the assault if an admonishment is coming next, to let them know you still love them. Jul 5 '18 at 19:13

Stating the addressee in a sentence is called direct address. It should be punctuated like an adverbial phrase. Your example should be punctuated with a comma: "What is your point, Jay?"


The part of speech for people's names is:

a proper noun or proper name

They act grammatically mostly like other nouns (common nouns) but with some minor differences.

  • Perhaps add the differences. Capitalization I believe is one.
    – PV22
    Aug 5 '18 at 14:20

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