[lg policy] Another Kind of Language Expert: Speakers

Ronald Kephart rkephart at UNF.EDU
Sun Jun 7 12:24:41 UTC 2009

Nobody has mentioned this (unless I missed it), but isn't it pretty
generally acknowledged that once children are mobile enough to be
interacting with other children in the community, those other children
become the most important language enculturators/socializers? This is why
children of immigrants usually end up with the accent of their surrounding
community rather than with any "foreign" accent their parents might have

I don't think I've absorbed enough caffeine yet this morning to think deeply
about the implications of this for maintenance of endangered languages, but
it's got to be a factor.


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