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Author Paugh, Amy L.

Title Playing with Languages : Children and Change in a Caribbean Village
Published New York, NY : Berghahn Books, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (264 pages)
Contents List of Maps, Figures, and Tables; Acknowledgments; Note on Transcription; Introduction; Chapter 1 -- Discourses of Differentiation, Unity, and Identity; Chapter 2 -- Childhood in a Village"Behind God's Back"; Chapter 3 -- Learning English: Language Ideologies and Practices in the Classroom and Home; Chapter 4 -- Becoming "Good for Oneself ":Patwa and Autonomy in Language Socialization; Chapter 5 -- Negotiating Play: Children's Code-Switching as Symbolic Resource; Chapter 6 -- Acting Adult: Children's Language Use in Imaginary Play; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index
Summary Over several generations, villagers of Dominica have been shifting from Patwa, an Afro-French creole, to English, the official language. Despite government efforts at Patwa revitalization and cultural heritage tourism, rural caregivers and teachers prohibit children from speaking Patwa in their presence. Drawing on detailed ethnographic fieldwork and analysis of video-recorded social interaction in naturalistic home, school, village, and urban settings, the study explores this paradox and examines the role of children and their social worlds. It offers much-needed insights into the study of la
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Code switching (Linguistics) -- Dominica.
Communicative competence in children -- Dominica.
Language acquisition.
Language and culture -- Dominica.
Language awareness in children -- Dominica.
Linguistic change -- Dominica.
Dominica -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0857457616 (electronic bk.)
9780857457615 (electronic bk.)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)
(hardback ;) (alk. paper)