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Child-directed language – and how it informs the documentation and description of the adult language

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Title:Child-directed language – and how it informs the documentation and description of the adult language
Authors:Hellwig, Birgit
Jung, Dagmar
Keywords:language documentation
child-directed language
language acquisition
Qaqet
Dëne Sųłıné
Date Issued:Mar 2020
Publisher:University of Hawaii Press
Citation:Hellwig, Birgit & Dagmar Jung. 2020. Child-directed language – and how it informs the documentation and description of the adult language. Language Documentation & Conservation 14: 188-214.
Abstract:Language documentation efforts are most often concerned with the adult language and usually do not include the language used by and with children. Essential parts of the natural linguistic behaviour of communities thus remain undocumented, and a growing body of literature explores what language documentation, language maintenance, and language revitalization have to gain by including child language and child-directed language.
This paper adds a methodological perspective to the discussion, arguing that child language and child-directed language constitute data types that can inform our understanding of the adult language. For reasons of feasibility, the paper focuses on child-directed language only. Presenting data from two on-going language acquisition projects (Qaqet from Papua New Guinea and Dëne Sųłıné from Canada), we illustrate how this data type provides insights into the metalinguistic knowledge of adult speakers. After an introduction to child-directed language, three case studies on the topics of variation sets, clarification processes, and discourse context are exemplified from both languages and related to our understanding of the adult language. Focusing on the potential of this data type, this paper argues in favour of extending our documentation efforts to events involving children.
Pages/Duration:27 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24920
ISSN:1934-5275
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Journal:Language Documentation & Conservation
Volume:14
Appears in Collections: Volume 14 : Language Documentation & Conservation


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