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Growing up and apart: Gender divergences in a Chicagoland elementary school

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Title: Growing up and apart: Gender divergences in a Chicagoland elementary school
Author(s): Cameron, Richard
Abstract: A characteristic of children’s social orders is gender segregation. When children can choose, girls play more with girls and boys with boys. This begins around age three and peaks in later childhood. If children separate into same-gender groups, their interactions across the gender line will not be as frequent as those with members of the same sex. Following on Bloomfield’s assertion (1933:46) that “density of communication” results in the “most important differences of speech” within a community, I predict that differences will increasingly emerge between girls and boys. I test this using two sociolinguistic variables, (dh) and (ing), in the English spoken by children in an elementary school. The prediction is supported. Results contribute to research into language socialization and the acquisition of gendered linguistic expression.
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Citation Info: Cameron, R. (2010). "Growing up and apart: Gender divergences in a Chicagoland elementary school." Language Variation and Change. 22(2): 279-319. DOI: 10.1017/S0954394510000074
Type: Article
Description: This is a copy of an article published in the Language Variation and Change © 2010 Cambridge University Press. The original article is available at DOI: 10.1017/S0954394510000074
ISSN: 0954-3945
Date Available in INDIGO: 2012-10-02

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