Language Socialization Across Cultures
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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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Copyright year: 1986
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2/27/1987
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
|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|