Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki (New Directions in Ethnography)

Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki (New Directions in Ethnography)

By: Perry Gilmore (author)Hardback

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Part historic ethnography, part linguistic case study and part a mother s memoir, Kisisi tells the story of two boys (Colin and Sadiki) who, together invented their own language, and of the friendship they shared in postcolonial Kenya. * Documents and examines the invention of a new language between two boys in postcolonial Kenya * Offers a unique insight into child language development and use * Presents a mixed genre narrative and multidisciplinary discussion that describes the children s border-crossing friendship and their unique and innovative private language * Beautifully written by one of the foremost scholars in child development, language acquisition and education, the book provides a seamless blending of the personal and the ethnographic * The story of Colin and Sadiki raises profound questions and has direct implications for many fields of study including child language acquisition and socialization, education, anthropology, and the anthropology of childhood

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About Author

Perry Gilmore, a sociolinguist and educational anthropologist, is Professor of Language, Reading and Culture at the University of Arizona, USA. She is also Professor Emerita, and Affiliate Faculty at the Alaska Native Language Center, at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Gilmore is the author of numerous ethnographic studies and co-editor of major ethnography collections including, Children In and Out of School: Ethnography and Education (1982) and The Acquisition of Literacy: Ethnographic Perspectives (1986). Gilmore is the past President of the Council on Anthropology and Education, a major section of the American Anthropology Association.

Contents

Acknowledgments ix Map xiii Prologue xv 1 Uweryumachini!: A Language Discovered 1 2 Herodotus Revisited: Language Origins, Forbidden Experiments, New Languages, and Pidgins 17 3 Lorca s Miracle: Play, Performance, Verbal Art, and Creativity 35 4 Kekopey Life: Transcending Linguistic Hegemonic Borders and Racialized Postcolonial Spaces 58 5 Kisisi: Language Form, Development, and Change 93 Epilogue 132 In Memoriam 137 Notes 138 References 146 Index 157

Product Details

  • publication date: 09/10/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781119101567
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9781119101567
  • weight: 390
  • ISBN10: 1119101565

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