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Culture and Language Development : Language Acquisition and Language Socialization in a Samoan Village - Elinor Ochs

Culture and Language Development

Language Acquisition and Language Socialization in a Samoan Village

Paperback Published: 31st October 1988
ISBN: 9780521348942
Number Of Pages: 280

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As children are learning to become competent members of their society, so also are they learning to become competent speakers of their language. In other words socialisation and language acquisition take place at the same time in a child's experience. In this book, Elinor Ochs explores the complex interaction of these two processes. Focusing in particular on the experiences of children in Samoa, Ochs examines both the cognitive and socio-cultural dimensions of children's language development. She shows that language competence includes not only knowledge of grammatical principles and sentence construction but also knowledge of the norms that link language to social and cognitive context; and that local social and cultural systems as well as children's individual psychological and biological capacities, organise their understanding and production of particular language constructions. This innovative study will appeal widely to anthropologists, developmental psychologists, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, communication specialists and educationists interested in child development and caregiver-child communication.

List of photographs
Foreword by
To know a language
Introduction to Samoan language usage: grammar and register
The social contexts of childhood: village and household organisation
Ergative case marking: variation and acquisition
Word-order strategies: the two-constituent bias
Affect, social control and the Samoan child
The linguistic expression of affect
Literacy instruction in a Samoan village
Language as a symbol and tool
Transcription conventions
Canonical transitive verb types in children's speech
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ISBN: 9780521348942
ISBN-10: 0521348943
Series: Studies in the Social and Cultural Foundations of Language
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 31st October 1988
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.41