Show simple item record McDowell, John H. 2020-01-24T20:21:31Z 2020-01-24T20:21:31Z 1976
dc.identifier.citation McDowell, John H. "Riddling and Enculturation: A Glance at the Cerebral Child," (1976) Working Papers in Sociolinguistics, no. 36, 1-16. en
dc.description.abstract This paper attempts to illustrate with concrete data that riddles serve as a didactic device to sharpen the wits of young children. The riddle is described as a verbal routine which adapts the interrogative system of a speech community to purposes of play. Piddles concerning motion or locomotion of animal, machines and toys were collected in a single riddling session, from three Chicano children aged 5-7. The output of these neophyte riddles is discussed in the context of the acquisition and refinement of cognitive categories, and a folk taxonomy focused on the semantic domain of locomotion is suggested. Riddling is viewed as a didactic mechanism conducive to experimentation with received notions of order, and elaboration of novel cognitive orders. In riddlirg, at various stages, children learn to formulate culturally acceptable classifications; to articulate classifications at variance with cultural conventions; and finally to assess language and classification as arbitrary instruments reflecting only partially the continuous texture of experience. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Working Papers in Sociolinguistics en
dc.title Riddling and Enculturation: A Glance at the Cerebral Child en
dc.type Working Paper en

Files in this item

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Show simple item record

Search IUScholarWorks

Advanced Search


My Account