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Sociolinguistic Variation in Children's Language
Acquiring Community Norms

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Part of Studies in Language Variation and Change

  • Date Published: May 2019
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  • isbn: 9781316782057

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About the Authors
  • 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?

    • Focuses on a comprehensive range of features that provides a complete picture of the acquisition of variation.
    • Analyses an extensive database of vernacular speech arising from caregiver/child interaction in the earliest years of language development.
    • Provides a wealth of real-life examples of caregiver/child interaction, not readily available elsewhere
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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316782057
    • contains: 88 b/w illus. 1 map
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Methodology
    3. Getting to grips with the data
    4. Lexical variables
    5. Lexical-phonological variables
    6. Phonetic variables
    7. Morphosyntactic variables
    8. The acquisition of sociolinguistic variation: synthesising our findings.

  • Authors

    Jennifer Smith, University of Glasgow
    Jennifer Smith is Professor of Sociolinguistics at the University of Glasgow. Her research is in language variation and change, concentrating on the origins and development of dialect from infancy onwards.

    Mercedes Durham, Cardiff University
    Mercedes Durham is a Senior Lecturer in Sociolinguistics at Cardiff University. Her research looks at how linguistic variation and language change are acquired, transmitted and viewed by individual speakers and across successive generations.

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