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Childly Language
Children, language and the social world





ISBN 9780582307803
Published March 12, 2000 by Routledge
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

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