Child-caregiver interaction in two remote Indigenous Australian communities
J VAUGHAN, G Wigglesworth, D Loakes, S Disbray, K Moses
Frontiers in Psychology | Frontiers | Published : 2015
This paper reports on a study in two remote multilingual Indigenous Australian communities: Yakanarra in the Kimberley region of Western Australia and Tennant Creek in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory. In both communities, processes of language shift are underway from a traditional language (Walmajarri and Warumungu, respectively) to a local creole variety (Fitzroy Valley Kriol and Wumpurrarni English, respectively). The study focuses on language input from primary caregivers to a group of preschool children, and on the children’s productive language. The study further highlights child-caregiver interactions as a site of importance in understanding the broader processes of languag..View full abstract
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We would like to thank all the participants, children and adults who contributed data to this study. Thanks also to the anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments, and to Jane Simpson for assistance with the interlinear glossing. The study was supported by Australian Research Council Discovery Grants (DP0343189 and DP0877762).