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What the Children SaidChild Lore of South Louisiana$
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Jeanne Pitre Soileau

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781496835734

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2022

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496835734.001.0001

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(p.280) Conclusion
What the Children Said

Jeanne Pitre Soileau

University Press of Mississippi

The author finds that recording children as they engaged in verbal intercourse taught her many things: The author, herself, by trial and error, learned to listen, record, and appreciate the verbal art of children. This is an experience many adults might want to emulate. The recorded child lore conserves a large body of traditional rhymes, songs, taunts, handclaps, and jokes. The child lore also presents new material, much of it gleaned from popular culture. Child lore has expanded over the years to include play aided by technology—phone play, computer play, video games, and reenactments of television and movie scenes. Children on a playground function as a self-governing "people." They make their own rules, and gather in cliques and gangs, which they defend both physically and verbally. Children excel at teaching one another. Children still share verbal lore, despite shorter recesses, endless television watching, and the dominance of computer technology.

Keywords:   Child lore, Verbal intercourse, Cliques, Video games, Traditional rhymes

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