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Author Smith, Jennifer, 1967- author.

Title Sociolinguistic variation in children's language : acquiring community norms / Jennifer Smith, Mercedes Durham.

Published Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 2019.
©2019

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 UniM Bail  306.44083 SMIT    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 219 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Studies in language variation and change
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 200-216) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Methodology -- Getting to grips with the data -- Lexical variables -- Lexical-phonological variables -- Phonetic variables -- Morphosyntactic variables -- The acquisition of sociolinguistic variation: synthesising our findings.
Summary 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?
Other author Durham, Mercedes, author.
Subject Language acquisition.
Communicative competence in children.
Language awareness in children.
ISBN 9781107172616 (alk. paper)
1107172616
9781316782057 (PDF ebook)