LINGUIST List 9.935

Tue Jun 23 1998

Books: Sociolinguistics

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  1. Vivien Eng, Sociolinguistics

Message 1: Sociolinguistics

Date: 22 Jun 98 09:52:09 -0400
From: Vivien Eng <>
Subject: Sociolinguistics


Social Influences on Vocal Development; ISBN: 0-521-49526-1; Hardback,
7 1/2 x 9 3/4, 362 pp.; 
Charles T. Snowdon, ed. (University of Wisconsin, Madison); 
Pub. date: 3/28/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge
University Press; $90; 

Both song and language require species-specific stimulation at a
sensitive period in development, as well as subsequent practice
(subsong and plastic song in birds and babbling in infant humans) that
leads to the development of characteristic vocalizations for each
species. This book illustrates how social interactions during
development can shape vocal learning and extend the sensitive period
beyond infancy, and how social companions can induce flexibility even
into adulthood. This book shows how social companions in a wide range
of species including birds and humans as well as cetaceans and
nonhuman primates play important roles in the shaping of vocal
production as well as the comprehension and appropriate use of vocal

Contents: 1. Introduction, C.T. Snowdon &amp; M. Hausberger/ 2. Social
interaction and sensitive phases for song learning: A critical review,
D.A. Nelson/ 3. Social interaction and vocal development in birds,
L.F. Baptista &amp; S.L.L. Gaunt/ 4. Building a social agenda for the
study of bird song, M.J.West, A.P. King &amp; T.M. Freeberg/ 5. Field
observations, experimental design and the time and place of learning
in bird songs, R.B. Payne &amp; L.L. Payne/ 6. Vocal learning in wild
and domesticated Zebra Finches: signature cues for kin recognition or
epiphenomena?, R. Zann/ 7. What birds with complex social
relationships can tell us about vocal learning: Vocal sharing in avian
groups, E.D. Brown &amp; S.M. Farabaugh/ 8. Social influences on song
acquisition and sharing in the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris),
M. Hausberger/ 9. Social influences on the acquisition of human-based
codes in parrots and nonhuman primates, I.M. Pepperberg/ 10. Vocal
learning in captive bottlenose dolphins: a comparison to humans and
nonhuman animals, B. McCowan &amp; D. Reiss/ 11. Vocal learning in
cetaceans, P.L. Tyack &amp; L.S. Sayigh/ 12. Social influences on
vocal development in New World primates, C.T. Snowdon, A.M. Elowson
&amp; R.S. Roush/ 13. Some general features of vocal development in
nonhuman primates, R.M.Seyfarth &amp; D.L. Cheney/ 14. Social
influences on vocal learning in human and nonhuman primates,
J.L. Locke &amp; C. Snow/ 15. The resilience of language in humans,
S. Goldin-Meadow/ 16. Reciprocal interactions and the development of
communication and language between parents and children, Annick
Jouanjean-l'Anto^D&quot;ene/ 17. Crafting activities: Building social
organization through language in girls'and boys' groups, M. Harness

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A.J. Wootton
(University of York); Interaction and the Development of Mind; ISBN:
0-521-57341-6; Hardback, 5 1/2 X 8 1/2, 230 pp.; Pub. Date: 4/13/97;
PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $54.95; 

This study identifies key mechanisms through which a young child
operates with external knowledge in his/her immediate social
context. Central to this is the child's capacity to draw on
discourse-based understandings that have become evident in prior
interaction. In contrast to studies that analyze development under
different headings, such as language, emotions and cognition, Tony
Wootton links these aspects in his examination of the state of
understanding that exists at any given moment in interaction. The
result is a distinctive social constructionist approach to children's

Contents: 1. Overview of arguments and procedures;
2. Requesting at 12-24 months: an overview; 3. Imperatives and
sequential knowledge; 4. Distressing incidents; 5. The emergence of
two request forms; 6. General skills involved in early requesting.;

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Don Kulick (Stockholm University); Language Shift and Cultural
Reproduction: Socialization, Self and Syncretism in a Papua New Guinea
Village; ISBN: 0-521-59926-1; Paperback, 6 X 9, 335 pp.; Pub. Date:
4/28/97; PUBLISHER:Cambridge University Press; $24.95; 

Don Kulick's book is an anthropological study of language and cultural
change among a small group of people living in the Sepik region of
Papua New Guinea. He examines why the villagers of Gapun are
abandoning their vernacular in favor of Tok Pisin, the most widely
spoken language in Papua New Guinea, despite their attachment to their
own language as a source of identity and as a tie to their lands. He
draws on an examination of village language socialization process and
on Marshall Sahlins's ideas about structure and event.; 

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