We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

Language and the process of socialisation amongst bilingual children in a Nicaraguan village.

Jamieson, Mark (2007) 'Language and the process of socialisation amongst bilingual children in a Nicaraguan village.', Durham anthropology journal., 14 (1).


Social scientists have in recent years devoted a good deal of attention to the role of language in the lives of children. Few, however, have focused on the relationship between language and the logic by which categorical distinctions between children and adults are reproduced.1This article considers material from Kakabila, a village on Nicaragua's Mosquito Coast, where differences between adults and children, as these categories are locally imagined, find unusually clear expression in various forms of linguistic performance. Three closely linked speech registers known as respect, bad joke and shame, and Anglo-Miskitu bilingualism, are examined; first in terms of their roles in processes of social reproduction and then in terms of children's perspectives on these processes. Children's understandings of these phenomena are also considered in terms of a children's game called Prinkel-In-De-Sasa, and Gibberish, a collection of secret languages used exclusively by children. Both Prinkel-In-De-Sasa and Gibberish, it is argued, allow children, through play, to understand more comprehensively the politics of social reproduction as these are mediated through language.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Language, Nicaragua, Miskitu, Children.
Full text:(VoR) Version of Record
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:©2007 Jamieson
Record Created:26 May 2010 17:05
Last Modified:30 Jun 2010 16:21

Social bookmarking: del.icio.usConnoteaBibSonomyCiteULikeFacebookTwitterExport: EndNote, Zotero | BibTex
Look up in GoogleScholar | Find in a UK Library