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ERIC Number: EJ1140279
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-May
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Parents and Their Children's Variable Language: Is It Acquisition or More?
Habib, Rania
Journal of Child Language, v44 n3 p628-649 May 2017
This study compares the use of the variable (q), which is realized as rural [q] and urban [?], in the speech of twenty-two parents and their twenty-one children from the village of Oyoun Al-Wadi in Syria. The study shows that children acquire the general gendered linguistic pattern of the community but do not replicate the linguistic frequencies that exist in their immediate environment. Boys and girls exhibit different linguistic behavior. Boys deviate from the non-local caregivers' proportions and approach men's local linguistic behavior, although their local variant proportions remain lower; girls, even those with local mothers, approach the women's supralocal variant proportions. The study shows that sociolinguistic variation is not acquired from adults from a very early age; it is acquired later in life after accepting and ascertaining the gendered linguistic differences and appropriateness norms.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Syria
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