Sociolinguistic Variation in Children's Language: Acquiring Community Norms

Smith, J. and Durham, M. (2019) Sociolinguistic Variation in Children's Language: Acquiring Community Norms. Series: Studies in Language Variation and Change. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge. ISBN 9781107172616 (doi:10.1017/9781316779248)

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Abstract

How we vary our speech is fundamental in signalling who we are, where we're from and where we're going. How and when does such variation arise? Here, leading experts Jennifer Smith and Mercedes Durham address this question through a sociolinguistic analysis of the speech of preschool children in interaction with their primary caregivers. Bringing together two fields of linguistic research - variationist sociolinguistics and first language acquisition - the study focusses both qualitative and quantitative analysis of a range of variables to show when and how variation is acquired by young children, and the effect the caregiver's interaction has on this process. In doing so, they tackle a fundamental question in language research: when and how do children acquire the highly complex patterns of variation widely attested in adult speech?

Item Type:Books
Status:Published
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Professor Jennifer
Authors: Smith, J., and Durham, M.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISBN:9781107172616

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
45484Do you say hoose or hame? Children and their caregivers in the acquisition of standard and dialect forms in a Scottish communityJennifer SmithBritish Academy (BRITACAD)SG-45936CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS