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ERIC Number: EJ777196
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Feb
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
Talk about Talk with Young Children: Pragmatic Socialization in Two Communities in Norway and the US
Aukrust, Vibeke Grover
Journal of Child Language, v31 n1 p177-201 Feb 2004
Recent studies have suggested that cultures vary in subtle ways in the talk about talk that children hear and learn to produce. Twenty-two three-year-old children and their families in respectively Oslo, Norway and Cambridge, Massachusetts were observed during mealtime with the aim of identifying talk-focused talk. The analysis distinguished talk about (a) language "per se", (b) discourse management, and (c) former conversations and use of reported speech. No category of talk-focused talk appeared exclusively in either community, and the frequency of such talk was similar across these. The Oslo families talked more often about language "per se" and their talk-focused conversations typically had a question-answer form. Talk about talk appeared more often within narratives in Oslo and within explanations in Cambridge. A second analysis compared talk-focused talk at home with such talk at school, suggesting that talk about language "per se" appeared more often at school across the two communities. [This research was supported by the Norwegian Research Council.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts; Norway