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Language Socialization Across Cultures

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ISBN-10: 0521339197

ISBN-13: 9780521339193

Edition: 1986

Authors: Bambi B. Schieffelin, Elinor Ochs, Judith T. Irvine, Marjorie Harness Goodwin, Joel Kuipers

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Children's aquisition 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 behaviours of children and others, and show how these are embedded in broader patterns of social behaviour 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 socio-cultural 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.
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Book details

List price: $57.99
Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1987
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of contributors
Acquiring language and culture through interactional routines
Calling-out and repeating routines in Kwara'ae children's language socialization
Prompting routines in the language socialization of Basotho children
Interactional routines as cultural influences upon language acquisition
What no bedtime story means: narrative skills at home and school
Acquiring knowledge of status and role through language use
Social norms and lexical acquisition: a study of deictic verbs in Samoan child language
The acquisition of register variation by Anglo-American children
Expressing affect: input and acquisition
Teasing and shaming in Kaluli children's interactions
Teasing: verbal play in two Mexicano homes
Teasing as language socialization and verbal play in a white working-class community
The acquisition of communicative style in Japanese
From feelings to grammar: a Samoan case study