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Linguistic Practices and Cultural Politics Among the Children of Dominica, West Indies
Amy Paugh, James Madison University

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Playing with Languages: Children and Change in a Caribbean Village (Book)
Title: Playing with Languages: Children and Change in a Caribbean Village
Author: Amy L. Paugh
Abstract: Over several generations, villagers of Dominica have been shifting from Patwa, an Afro-French creole, to English, the official language. Despite government efforts at Patwa revitalization and cultural heritage tourism, rural caregivers and teachers prohibit children from speaking Patwa in their presence. Drawing on detailed ethnographic fieldwork and analysis of video-recorded social interaction in naturalistic home, school, village, and urban settings, the study explores this paradox and examines the role of children and their social worlds. It offers much-needed insights into the study of language socialization, language shift, and Caribbean children’s agency and social lives, contributing to the burgeoning interdisciplinary study of children’s cultures. Further, it demonstrates the critical role played by children in the transmission and transformation of linguistic practices, which ultimately may determine the fate of a language.
Year: 2012
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Publisher: Berghahn Books
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 978-0-85745-76