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The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren

reviewed by Eloise Cason - 1960

coverTitle: The Lore and Language of Schoolchildren
Author(s): Iona Opie, P. Opie
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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This readable report of research by Iona and Peter Opie makes it possible for the staid adult to enjoy eavesdropping on the hidden, primitive community of children, and sampling the curious and neglected lore of the six-to-fourteen age group. The authors have used recordings from five thousand representative British children of their typical oral interchanges, Their concern is not with the delinquent, but "merely with the fun-loving but father-fearing specimen who is typical of the vast majority." In the study are included examples of wit and repartee, guile, riddles, codes of oral legislation, half-beliefs, jeers and torments, pranks and epithets. Some of the material might supplement the more somber research typically reviewed in courses on child development. For example, the "barbarian simplicity" of the children's efforts to regulate the behavior of their peers is made concrete. Truth is reinforced by swearing "upon their honour, their heart, their Bible, their own life,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 62 Number 2, 1960, p. 181-181
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3319, Date Accessed: 1/23/2021 2:35:38 PM

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