ERIC Number: ED255910
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
On Becoming Literate: Early Socialization for Schooling: The Use of Literary Language.
Hoffman, Sandra Josephs
To study the emergence of literacy during the preschool years, a handwritten diary, maintained on a day to day basis, focused on one child, David, from ages two and a half to four and a half. One facet of the study concentrated on his literary language--his incorporation of written texts (children's literature) into his language and background of information in relation to his early socialization into his middle class home and values. From the hundreds of hours of bookreading, David developed a distinct "literary" vocabulary even though he was a nonreader himself. David lifted formulaic phrases from texts and used them in his own play and narrative. He became so familiar with the contents of his books that he often compared words from one text with those of another text or played with the words of texts in a humorous, teasing way. In order to live the lives of his book characters, David role played and dramatized from the texts throughout his natural day of play. In this way he learned multiple meanings of words, refined meanings of others, built a "literary" vocabulary, learned to differentiate fact from fantasy, and was able to play with lexical relationships. David's oral language was strengthened by the literary experiences that were an integral part of his rearing. (Excerpts from the child's language are appended.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English Spring Conference (4th, Houston, TX, March 28-30, 1985).