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The English Expressions Good Boy and Good Girl and Cultural Models of Child Rearing

Wierzbicka, Anna

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The expressions good boy and good girl are widely used in Anglo parental speech directed at children to praise them for their actions. Used in this way, these expressions have no equivalents in other European languages. In tracing the history of these expressions, and their negative counterparts bad boy and bad girl, this paper seeks to show that they reflect a unique cultural model of child rearing, which links evaluation of a child's behaviour with evaluation of the child him- or herself. It...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/78849
Source: Culture and Psychology
DOI: 10.1177/1354067X04042888

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