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Title: Studies towards a description of the development and functioning of children's awareness of linguistic variability
Author: Local, John K.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3611 8930
Awarding Body: Newcastle University
Current Institution: University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Date of Award: 1978
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Children's language acquisition does not consist solely of the mastery, of linguistic form and structure, children must also acquire the rules for appropriate use of that form and structure. To become competent speaker-hearers children must learn how to handle linguistic variability. Almost nothing is known about how children acquire the 'sociolinguistic skills' and patterns of sociolinguistic variability which have been reported for adult speakers. This thesis therefore investigates some aspects of the structure and functioning of linguistic variability in children's speech. It is shown that non-segmental variability-in children's speech constitutes an area of primary importance for study. Children systematically employ the resources of non-segmental variability for a variety of social and affective purposes. The structured nature of this non-segmental variability is revealed by a quantitative analysis of the prosodic and-paralinguistic features in children's speech.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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