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Language Socialization across Cultures : Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language - Bambi B. Schieffelin

Language Socialization across Cultures

Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language

By: Bambi B. Schieffelin (Editor), Elinor Ochs (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th August 1987
ISBN: 9780521339193
Number Of Pages: 288

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Children's acquisition of language and their acquisition of culture are processes that have usually been studied separately. In exploring cross-culturally the connections between the two, this volume provides a new, alternative, integrated approach to the developmental study of language and culture.

The volume focuses on the ways in which children are both socialized through language and socialized to use language in culturally specific ways. The contributors examine the verbal interactions of small children with their caregivers and peers in several different societies around the world, showing that these interactions are socially and culturally organized, and that it is by participating in them that children come to understand sociocultural orientations. They emphasize the salient language behaviors of children and others, and show how these are embedded in broader patterns of social behavior and cultural knowledge. They reveal that various features of discourse -- phonological, morpho-syntactic, lexical, pragmatic, and conversational -- carry sociocultural information, and that language in use is a major resource for conveying and displaying sociocultural knowledge. As children acquire language, so they are also acquiring a world view.

This innovative approach to the study of language acquisition and socialization will appeal widely to anthropologists, linguists, psychologists, specialists in communication studies, and educationists.

List of contributorspage vii
Introductionp. 1
Acquiring language and culture through interactional routines
Calling-out and repeating routines in Kwara'ae children's language socializationp. 17
Prompting routines in the language socialization of Basotho childrenp. 51
Interactional routines as cultural influences upon language acquisitionp. 80
What no bedtime story means: narrative skills at home and schoolp. 97
Acquiring knowledge of status and role through language use
Social norms and lexical acquisition: a study of deictic verbs in Samoan child languagep. 127
The acquisition of register variation by Anglo-American childrenp. 153
Expressing affect: input and acquisition
Teasing and shaming in Kaluli children's interactionsp. 165
Teasing: verbal play in two Mexicano homesp. 182
Teasing as language socialization and verbal play in a white working-class communityp. 199
The acquisition of communicative style in Japanesep. 213
From feelings to grammar: a Samoan case studyp. 251
Indexp. 273
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ISBN: 9780521339193
ISBN-10: 0521339197
Series: Studies in the Social & Cultural Foundations of Language
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 10th August 1987
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.65  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.43

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