Language, Children and Society

Language, Children and Society

The Effect of Social Factors on Children Learning to Communicate

1st Edition - January 1, 1979

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  • Editors: Olga K. Garnica, Martha L. King
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483154190

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Language, Children and Society: The Effect of Social Factors on Children Learning to Communicate investigates the processes involved in the development of communicative skills in young children, in particular as these unfold during the child's participation in social interactions in a variety of everyday, educational situations. For a fuller understanding of these processes, through which the child learns the vast array of communicative skills necessary to function effectively in social contexts, the broad range of situations in which the communicative exchanges are embedded—school, home, community, etc.—are examined. Comprised of 17 chapters, this volume begins by painting a vivid picture of human discrimination and prejudice that touches every child involved in the education process in the United States, a result that can be linked to language ignorance. The discussion then turns to some of the contributions of linguistics to education and some of the problems involved in reaching greater cooperation between linguists and educators. The relevance of developments in sociolinguistics to the study of language learning and early education is emphasized. Subsequent chapters focus on the communicative competence of kindergarten children; children's situational variation and situational competence; sex differences in the language of children and parents; and dialogue, monologue, and egocentric speech by children in nursery schools. This book will be of interest to teachers and students, as well as to practitioners in the fields of educational psychology, psychobiology, psychiatry, linguistics, and childhood education.

Table of Contents

  • Contributors

    General Editor's Preface



    I. General Issues: Some Theoretical Considerations

    Language in Education: Forward to Fundamentals

    On the Relevance of Recent Developments in Sociolinguistics to the Study of Language Learning and Early Education

    II. Specific Issues and Empirical Investigations

    Assessing Kindergarten Children's Communicative Competence

    Sex and Social Class Differences in Early Mother-Child Interaction

    What Will a Three-Year-Old Say: An Experimental Study of Situational Variation

    Children's Situational Competence: Two Studies

    A Sociocognitive Approach to Language Development and its Implications for Education

    The Boys Have the Muscles and the Girls Have the Sexy Legs: Adult-Child Speech and the Use of Generic Person Labels

    Sex Differences in the Language of Children and Parents

    What is an Instructional Context: An Exploratory Analysis of Conversational Shifts Across Time

    A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Children's Imagery

    Learning to Say No: Functional Negation in Discourse

    Development of Paralinguistic and Kinesic Expression of Roles

    Wou' You Trade Cookies with the Popcorn?

    Talk of Trades Among Six Year Olds

    A Study of Story Retelling Among Young Bilingual Indian Children

    Dialogue, Monologue and Egocentric Speech by Children in Nursery Schools

    It's Not Whether You Win or Lose, It's How You Play the Game

    Author Index

    Subject Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 320
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1979
  • Published: January 1, 1979
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483154190

About the Editors

Olga K. Garnica

Martha L. King

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