ERIC Number: ED060741
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Style and Dialect Selection in Hindi-Bhojpuri Learning Children.
Christian, Jane M.
In India, the use of language dialect and style, like many aspects of Indian thought and life, follows a continuum from the ritually pure and worthy of respect to the ritually defiled and unworthy. In North India, according to adult informants, Hindi is spoken at school, in formal business contacts or government offices, in formal ceremonies; it is the written language. Bhojpuri is the language spoken at home and in more informal relationships. Dialect in India is defined by attitudes, vested interests, and cognitive assumptions as to the nature of ritual, social and linguistic context, and kinesic and paralinguistic markers. Studying a child's development in the recognition and use of the language styles and dialects indicates some of the learning processes that are involved. It is possible to see various stages in the language development of children as they learn the proper usage of the styles and dialects. (VM)
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Child Language, Children, Cultural Differences, Dialects, Hindi, Language Acquisition, Language Research, Language Role, Language Styles, Language Usage, Linguistic Competence, Linguistic Theory, Psycholinguistics, Social Dialects, Sociolinguistics, Speech, Urdu, Young Children
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Laval Univ., Quebec (Quebec). International Center for Research on Bilingualism.
Note: In"Conference on Child Language," preprints of papers presented at the Conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 22-24, 1971, p65-78