An Ethnographic/sociolinguistic approach to language by Charlene Rivera

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He catches it.  When the man went to drink his wine, the frog kissed him.  He catches it.  And then he went inside the cup, this is a cup, and then he was sad, and she was mad, and he was mad, then he came out, and then he got mad, he wanted to drink it. It is interesting, in this last example, that the character's responses are given, but the event to which they are responding is not in fact mentioned.  This is not to say that these judgments were either valid or invalid, but only to point out that they were necessarily relative.

Third, there is the problem of making a connection between structural analyses, interpretations, and the uses to which these analyses and interpretations may be put.  In the area of language proficiency assessment, the political implications of how language proficiency is to be defined, and of how this definition is to be related to structural and linguistic analyses, are in fact present from the very beginning of the analysis.  158).  He emphasizes the need for a science of social interaction and of the objective interpretation of texts.

And then he went inside the cup, this is a cup, and then he was sad, and she was mad, and he was mad, then he came out, and then he got mad, he wanted to drink it. It is interesting, in this last example, that the character's responses are given, but the event to which they are responding is not in fact mentioned.  This is not to say that these judgments were either valid or invalid, but only to point out that they were necessarily relative.  Thus, a child who uses a somewhat montonous rising tone at the end of each clause, as in one of the examples given earlier, is not necessarily incapable of other kinds of prosodic modulation in a task of this kind, but may well be interpreting the task as a test of his or her ability to identify and describe what he or she sees in each picture as the page is turned.

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