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Talking Like Children: Language and the Production of Age in the Marshall Islands

Elise Berman


Presented as a series of captivating stories from a village in Oceania, Talking Like Children is an intimate analysis of interaction that shows how age comes to be. Children in the Marshall Islands do many things that adults do not: they walk around half naked, display food in public, and explicitly refuse to give. Although many see these behaviors as natural results of children’s immaturity, the author shows that children are socialized to be different from adults—to be rude and immature. She analyzes a variety of interactions all broadly based around exchange: adoption negotiations, efforts ... More

Keywords: language socialization, age, life course, giving, Oceania, Marshall Islands, kinship, childhood, agency, subjectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190876975
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190876975.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elise Berman, author
University of North Carolina at Charlotte