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Childly Language

Children, language and the social world, 1st Edition

By Alison Sealey

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240 pages

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Childly Language explores how attitudes and cultural assumptions about children and childhood are revealed in contemporary English. It addresses such questions as: How is concern for children's safety and welfare reflected in the vocabulary and grammar of contemporary English? and When we say that an adult is being 'childish', what are we saying about the characteristics of children?

Table of Contents

Author's Acknowledgements

Publisher's Acknowledgements

PART I: DISCOURSES OF CHILDHOOD

Introduction to Part I

1. Children in the news (1): threatened, protected, active

2. Children in the news (2): the idea of the child

3. Children in the English language

PART II: PERSPECTIVES ON CHILDREN, LANGUAGE AND THE SOCIAL WORLD

Introduction to Part II

4. Perpectives on researching cihldren and language

5. Perspectives on language, identity and the social world

PART III: CHILDREN'S TALK

Introduction to Part III

6. The social status of 'child' in informal talk

7. Blurred boundaries: speaking to children, speaking as a child

8. Children's negotiations of the social world

PART IV

9. Conclusions and implications

References

Index

About the Series

Real Language Series

This is a sociolinguistic series about the relationship between language, society and social change. Books in the series draw on natural language data from a wide range of social contexts. The series takes a critical approach to the subject, challenging current orthodoxies, and dealing with familiar topics in new ways.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN000000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics