By Cathy Lawday
A structural syllabus mixed with child-centred actions.
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Significant non-linguistic features that contribute to construing the context from the environment are purely material, such as the arrangement of the seating (demarcating the chair from the audience); the positioning and movement of people within this space (signalling a shift in roles); and the use of the flipchart to take notes. Some of these features may be “silent”, though they should be noted somewhere in a good transcription (see line 22), others may be alluded to in the text, made salient through the language.
Speakers in unaccustomed fields are therefore at a double disadvantage to those who are operating in their comfort zone – a situation familiar to anyone who has tried performing a relatively simple task like booking a room or buying a tram ticket in a foreign country. Bernstein’s focus was on the disadvantage of working class children on entering primary school and encountering the middle class rules of the game that were taken for granted there (see also Hasan and Cloran 1990); Bourdieu considers more generally how a dominant elite is able to impose its norms within state institutions so that they are able to maintain and reproduce their dominant status.
So she called a huntsman, and said, “Take Snow White away into the forest, for I no longer want to see her. ” The huntsman, a kind and simple man, obeyed, and took her away. But when he had drawn his knife, and was about to pierce Snow White’s innocent heart, she started to cry, saying: “Oh, kind huntsman, let me live and I will run away into the wild forest. ” I’m sure you will have recognised this as the beginning of Grimm’s classic fairy tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (the Brothers Grimm were renowned linguists, by the way) and that you can imagine a likely environment for the telling of the tale as a child’s bedside with a parent telling the story, yet the field that is being construed is far removed from this environment in almost every respect.