By Martin Montgomery
An advent to Language and Society explores how our methods of seeing and interesting with the area should be formed by way of the types, platforms and styles of language. This moment version contains new fabric on gender, check in, the speech group, language and subcultures, and language and illustration.
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Wassat? ) wassat? ) 1 PARENT: what’s that? ) 2 CHILD: wassat? ) those are called spools 4 CHILD: wassat? wassat? ) wassat? ) 6 CHILD: ’sat? ’sat? ’sat? ’sat? ) ’sat mummy? 7 PARENT: what love? 8 < previous page page_11 next page > < previous page page_12 next page > Page 12 show me 9 CHILD: ’sat mummy? 10 PARENT: what are you pointing to? 11 CHILD: look 12 PARENT: oh 13 that’s a switch 14 CHILD: sitch 15 ’sat? 16 PARENT: and that’s another one isn’t it? 17 CHILD: ’sat? ’sat? ’sat? 18 PARENT: and that’s a little button that you press 19 a little red button isn’t it?
This interpersonal dimension to the child’s utterances can be emphasized by reference to one further extract. 7) seems to carry little implication for action on the mother’s part. Instead, ‘nice drink’ seems to serve as a kind of free floating comment by the child on his own play (he’s pretending that the cup of water for dampening the ironing is in fact a cup of tea). At the onset of the extract, however, the child needs to establish the mothers attention (‘look mummy’). 12). Neither of these utterances convey much about ongoing events.
For the child, it may be that these two types are merely reverse sides of the same coin, amounting to something like the arithmetical relations of plus and minus, or addition and subtraction, so that fundamentally disappearance is a kind of zero or minus quantity. < previous page page_21 next page > < previous page page_22 next page > Page 22 Similarly, a category possession was posed for handling utterances such as ‘mommy sock’, ‘Michael hanky’, ‘my milk’, etc. The actual label, however, may disguise a fundamental difference in the way in which children construct this kind of relationship.
An Introduction to Language and Society by Martin Montgomery