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Title: The politics of language acquisition: Language learning as social modeling in the northwest Amazon
Authors: Chernela, Janet M.
Keywords: Eastern Tukanoan languages
language acquisition
LC Subject Headings: Anthropological linguistics
Issue Date: Mar-2004
Publisher: George Mason University
Citation: Chernela, Janet M. 2004. The Politics of Language Acquisition: Language Learning as Social Modeling in the Northwest Amazon. Women and Language 27(1): 13-21.
Abstract: This paper considers language acquisition within the greater context of gender-associated norms and practices among the Amerindian speakers of Eastern Tukanoan languages in the northwest Amazon, where descent and language are viewed as manifestations of one another. There, an ideology links linguistic performance to patrilineal descent and prohibits marriage between speakers of the same language. This paper argues that, through linguistic modeling in the northwest Amazon, one language, father's, becomes standard and public; while another language, mother's, non-standard and private.
Description: Refereed
ISSN: 8755-4550
Appears in Collections:Mana'o - Papers on Anthropology

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