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

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dc.contributor.author Hellwig, Birgit
dc.contributor.author Jung, Dagmar
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-04T00:24:34Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-04T00:24:34Z
dc.date.issued 2020-03
dc.identifier.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.
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24920
dc.description.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.
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center
dc.format.extent 27 pages
dc.language.iso en-US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
dc.subject language documentation
dc.subject child-directed language
dc.subject language acquisition
dc.subject Qaqet
dc.subject Dëne Sųłıné
dc.title Child-directed language – and how it informs the documentation and description of the adult language
dc.type Article
dc.type.dcmi Text
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation
prism.volume 14
prism.startingpage 188
prism.endingpage 214
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