Publication details [#62382]

Ioannidou, Elena. 2017. Performing registers and registering performance: Young children's linguistic practices during play in the Greek Cypriot context. Language & Communication 56 : 55–68.
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Article in journal
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Language as a subject
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This article examines language use amid a group of preschool Greek Cypriot children during their play time at home. Based on theories of performance and register-formation the article draws on ethnographic data in order to explore the way Standard Modern Greek and the Cypriot Greek are used in children's micro-interactions. The used methodology was case study research of a network of five children for a period of eighteen months and the main data collection techniques were participant and non-participant observation of the children during their play activities, with audio recordings and rich field notes. Data analysis pointed out that the two varieties were employed in a dynamic way by the children to form collaborations during play time, to enact social roles, to reflect cultural values and ultimately to add via their performances in register (re)formation.