This collection of essays is a representative sample of the current research and researchers in the fields of language and social interactions and social context. The opening chapter, entitled "Context in Language," is written by Susan Ervin-Tripp, whose diverse and innovative research inspired the editors to dedicate this book to her honor. Ervin-Tripp is known for her work in the fields of linguistics, psychology, child development, sociology, anthropology, rhetoric, and women's studies. She has played a central role in the definition and establishment of psycholinguistics, child language development, and sociolinguistics, and has been an innovator in terms of approaches and methods of study.
This book covers a wide range of research interests in the field, from linguistically oriented approaches to social and ethnography oriented approaches. The issue of the relationships between forms and structures of language and social interactions is examined in studies of both adult and child speech. It is a useful anthology for graduate students studying language and social interaction, as well as for researchers in this field.
Contents: Contributors. Part I: Susan Ervin-Tripp.Susan Ervin-Tripp: A Mind in the World. A Brief Biography of Susan Ervin-Tripp. Bibliography of Publications by S. Ervin-Tripp. S. Ervin-Tripp, Context in Language. Part II: Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics. R. Brown, The Language of Social Relationship. C.J. Fillmore, The Pragmatics of Constructions. M.H. Goodwin, Shifting Frame. A. Grimshaw, Code-Switching or Code-Mixing: Apparent Anomalies in Semi-formal Registers. D. Hymes, Oral Patterns as a Resource in Children's Writing: An Ethnopoetic Note. W.R. Miller, Language Socialization and Language Differentiation in Small Scale Societies: The Shoshoni and Guarijío. Part III: Social and Interactive Processes in Language Acquisition. E.S. Andersen, A Cross-Cultural Study of Children's Register Knowledge. N. Budwig, What Influences Children's Patterning of Forms and Functions in Early Child Language? W.A. Corsaro, D.W. Maynard, Format Tying in Discussion and Argumentation Among Italian and American Children. A. Duranti, E. Ochs, Use and Acquisition of Genitive Constructions in Samoan. J. Dunn, Arguing with Siblings, Friends, and Mothers: Developments in Relationships and Understanding. J.B. Gleason, R. Ely, R.Y. Perlmann, B. Narasimhan, Patterns of Prohibition in Parent-Child Discourse. L. Nader, Regulating Household Talk. K. Nakamura, The Use of Polite Language by Japanese Preschool Children. B.B. Schieffelin, E. Ochs, The Microgenesis of Competence: Methodology in Language Socialization. A. Küntay, D.I. Slobin, Listening to a Turkish Mother: Some Puzzles for Acquisition. M. Pak, R. Sprott, E. Escalera, Little Words, Big Deal: The Development of Discourse and Syntax in Child Language. Part IV: Narrative. A. Aksu-Koç, Frames of Mind Through Narrative Discourse. M. Bamberg, J. Reilly, Emotion, Narrative, and Affect: How Children Discover the Relationship Between What to Say and How to Say It. R.A. Berman, Form and Function in Developing Narrative Abilities. A. Nicolopoulou, Narrative Development in Social Context. A.M. Peters, The Development of Collaborative Story Retelling by a Two-Year-Old Blind Child and His Father. Part V: Bilingualism. P.V. Hull, Bilingualism: Some Personality and Cultural Issues. L.W. Fillmore, What Happens When Languages Are Lost? An Essay on Language Assimiliation and Cultural Identity. Part VI: Discourse in Institutional Settings. J. Gerhardt, C. Stinson, The Therapeutic Encounter: Neutral Context or Social Construction? J.J. Gumperz, On Teaching Language in Its Sociocultural Context. R.T. Lakoff, True Confessions? Pragmatic Competence and Criminal Confession. M.C. O'Connor, Managing the Intermental: Classroom Group Discussion and the Social Context of Learning. Part VII: Gender Difference in Language Acquisition and Use. J. Cook-Gumperz, B. Scales, Girls, Boys and Just People: The Interactional Accomplishment of Gender in the Discourse of the Nursery School. L. Hinton, The New Old Ladies' Songs: Functional Adaptation of Hualapai Music to Modern Contexts. V. John-Steiner, Women's Collaborative Interactions. A. Kyratzis, J. Guo, "Separate Worlds for Girls and Boys"? Views from U.S. and Chinese Mixed-Sex Friendship Groups. M.D. Lampert, Studying Gender Differences in the Conversational Humor of Adults and Children. G. Redeker, A. Maes, Gender Differences in Interruptions. A. Sheldon, L. Rohleder, Sharing the Same World, Telling Different Stories: Gender Differences in Co-constructed Pretend Narratives.