Michelle Brachfeld Field Observation #2 Intro to Language Who: Subjects were one African American mother, appeared to be in her mid to late twenties. African American son, about three to four years old. Both native English speakers. Where: Subjects were observed on the E train. What: Mother and child are talking looking at photos Why: Unsure, Possibly going to school or a doctor's appointment. I observed this mother and son couple in a crowded train, on a weekday morning. The was giving her son a juice box, and they talked, and later, perhaps to direct the child's attention, she pulled out her digital camera, and began showing pictures, and asking/telling him who the people in the pictures were. As the pair spoke to each other, they looked at one another, but the mother more frequently than the child. Caregiver speech was definitely observed; the mother did talk slow to him, repeated herself a lot, and did most of the talking. The child mostly repeated his mother, asked questions about the people in the pictures, and after the mother responded, the child would repeat her, and she would say “yeah,” to reinforce him. The mother asked her son questions, perhaps trying to teach him. I noticed the mother using slang, such as “ain't,” but the child did not use this word at all. The child was also observed saying '”no juice, I want a sandwich,” and one point. At another point in my observation, the train was moving and the child said “woooo!” the mother then said “ we're sliding!” and he began to repeat this over and over. The child also began to say “watch your feet!” a lot, which was something he had picked up his mother saying earlier. He got her to laugh, and so he repeated it again and again. This observation holds true for what I have learned in the chapter on language acquisition. What I learned from this observation is that if I was unable to tell the child's age by looking at him, I would be able to have a good idea, based on the type of language used.