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Author Berman, Elise, author.

Title Talking like children : language and the production of age in the Marshall Islands / Elise Berman.

Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white, and colour).
Series Oxford studies in the anthropology of language
Oxford scholarship online
Oxford studies in the anthropology of language.
Oxford scholarship online.
Notes Previously issued in print: 2019.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Presented as a series of captivating stories from a village in Oceania, 'Talking Like Children' is an intimate analysis of interaction that shows how age comes to be. Children in the Marshall Islands do many things that adults do not: they walk around half naked, display food in public, and explicitly refuse to give. Although many see these behaviours as natural results of children's immaturity, the author shows that children are socialized to be different from adults - to be rude and immature. She analyzes a variety of interactions all broadly based around exchange: adoption negotiations, efforts to ask for or avoid giving food, debates about supposed child abuse. In these dramas both large and small, age differences emerge through the decisions people make, the emotions they feel, and the asymmetries they produce.
Audience Specialized.
Notes Description based on online resource; title from home page (viewed on February 5, 2019).
Subject Children -- Marshall Islands -- Language.
Children -- Marshall Islands -- Social conditions.
ISBN 9780190877019 (ebook) : No price