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Published: 30 May 2019

224 Pages | 26 illus.


ISBN: 9780190876975

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Talking Like Children

Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands

Elise Berman

Oxford Studies in the Anthropology of Language

  • Argues that age is produced through language and interaction, presenting the first analysis of how age comes to be
  • Offers a new theory of language socialization, arguing against the typical view of socialization as an interaction between novices and experts and instead seeing it as the continuous production of age differences
  • Research from the Marshall Islands includes a range of methods — participant observation, video and audio recordings, interviews, and children's drawings
  • Transforms transcripts into narrative dialogue through innovative ethnographic writing
  • Criticizes traditional anthropological theories of exchange for neglecting the role of age and childhood