Review of Playing with Languages: Children and Change in a Caribbean village: by Amy Paugh

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Abstract

In her beautifully written account of child language socialization in rural Dominica, Amy L. Paugh explores the role that children play in the maintenance of Patwa, an endangered language of creole origin, and makes a brilliant attempt to uncover children’s agency and their remarkable contribution to the process of language preservation. In late 1970s, the postcolonial government of Dominica announced Patwa an endangered minority language and turned it from the language associated with backwardness and slavery into a symbol of cultural heritage.
Original languageEnglish
TypeBook review
PublisherRoyal Anthropological Institute
Number of pages2
Place of PublicationLondon
Edition2014
Volume20
ISBN (Print)1467-9655
ISBN (Electronic)10.1111/1467-9655.12111_5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2014

Keywords

  • childhood
  • language
  • Socialisation
  • social change
  • linguistic anthropology

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