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ERIC Number: EJ950265
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 88
ISSN: ISSN-0161-7761
We Call It "Our Language": A Children's Swahili Pidgin Transforms Social and Symbolic Order on a Remote Hillside in Up-Country Kenya
Gilmore, Perry
Anthropology & Education Quarterly, v42 n4 p370-392 Dec 2011
This study describes a rare Swahili pidgin created by two five-year-old boys, one American and one African. The discussion examines the linguistic and social factors affecting the "origins, maintenance, change and loss" (Hymes 1971) of their language and the place it created for their friendship. This place, constructed by and through language, both held and projected their new identities, interrupting the harsh hegemony of colonial racism and inequality that surrounded them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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