Publication details [#8698]

Scollon, Roland and Suzanne B.K. Scollon. 1981. Narrative, literacy and face in interethnic communication. Ablex Publishing Company. xiv + 209 pp.
Publication type
Book – monograph
Publication language
Language as a subject


S. and S. describe problems in Athabaskan-English interethnic communication in terms of the contrast between oral narrative (and the corresponding bush consciousness) and literacy (and the corresponding modern consciousness), and between the different politeness strategies related to this distinction. These different discourse styles and reality sets are shown to be acquired before a child is three years of age.

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