This book "asserts that the origin and spread of languages must be examined primarily through the time-tested techniques of linguistic analysis, rather than those of evolutionary biology" and "defends traditional practices in historical linguistics while remaining open to new techniques, including computational methods" and "will appeal to readers interested in world history and world geography."
Culture-Specific Language Styles: The Development of Oral Narrative and Literacy
Communication skills are considered extremely important for the development, preservation, and transmission of culture to future generations, and incorporate the complicated relationship between language and culture. This book focuses on an analysis of personal narratives by Japanese pre-school children. The book also analyzes mother-child narratives and joint book-reading activities.
Contents: Preface 1. Introduction 2. Literature Review 3. Research Design: Methodology and Basic Concepts 4. Monologic Narrative: Narrative Development 5. Monologic Narrative Structure in Japanese 6. Parental Narrative Elicitation Styles 7. Cross-Cultural Comparison of Parental Narrative Elicitation 8. Styles of Parent-Child Book Reading in Japanese Families 9. Conclusion and Implications References/ Index
Dr. Masahiko Minami has written extensively on psycho/sociolinguistics with a particular emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons of language development and narrative/discourse structure. He has published significant contributions to works covering cultural constructions of meaning, childcare quality in Japan, and East Asian students' experiences in U.S. classrooms.