Mestizaje

Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Costa Rican children’s narratives and links with other traditions

C. Nicholas Cuneo, Allyssa McCabe, Gigliana Melzi

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between children’s narratives and anumber of diverse social and cultural influences in one Dominican American and four Costa Rican Indigenous communities to explore Spanish narration in areas of linguistic and social contact. Of the total number of narratives collected, 30 were from 17 Costa Rican children (7 girls, 10 boys) of Indigenous or Afro-Caribbean descent and 36 were from 12 children (6 girls, 6 boys) from the Dominican Republic living in the United States. All children interviewed were native speakers of Spanish between the ages of 6 and 9 years (M age = 7;1). Personal narratives were isolated from recorded conversations, transcribed, and scored using both highpoint and story grammar analyses. When compared to a number of other ethnic groups both inside and outside of Latin America, the Indigenous and Afro-Caribbean narratives gathered in this study differed considerably and suggest that – whereas many distinct ethnic minority groups are absorbing national languages and traditions – vestigial cultural elements are being retained in children’s narrative structure and content. Results are discussed relative to the narrative practices emerging from cultural and linguistic contact.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSpanish-Language Narration and Literacy: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion
PublisherCambridge University Press
Pages237-270
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9780511815669, 9780521883757
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

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Linguistics
Ethnic Groups
Personal Narratives
Narration
Dominican Republic
Minority Groups
Latin America
Population Groups
Language

Keywords

  • Afro-Caribbean
  • Children
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Indigenous
  • Narratives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Cuneo, C. N., McCabe, A., & Melzi, G. (2008). Mestizaje: Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Costa Rican children’s narratives and links with other traditions. In Spanish-Language Narration and Literacy: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion (pp. 237-270). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511815669.013

Mestizaje : Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Costa Rican children’s narratives and links with other traditions. / Cuneo, C. Nicholas; McCabe, Allyssa; Melzi, Gigliana.

Spanish-Language Narration and Literacy: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion. Cambridge University Press, 2008. p. 237-270.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Cuneo, CN, McCabe, A & Melzi, G 2008, Mestizaje: Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Costa Rican children’s narratives and links with other traditions. in Spanish-Language Narration and Literacy: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion. Cambridge University Press, pp. 237-270. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511815669.013
Cuneo CN, McCabe A, Melzi G. Mestizaje: Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Costa Rican children’s narratives and links with other traditions. In Spanish-Language Narration and Literacy: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion. Cambridge University Press. 2008. p. 237-270 https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511815669.013
Cuneo, C. Nicholas ; McCabe, Allyssa ; Melzi, Gigliana. / Mestizaje : Afro-Caribbean and indigenous Costa Rican children’s narratives and links with other traditions. Spanish-Language Narration and Literacy: Culture, Cognition, and Emotion. Cambridge University Press, 2008. pp. 237-270
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