Language Socialization Across Cultures
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Language Socialization Across Cultures by Bambi B. Schieffelin
Book DescriptionChildren'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 DetailsISBN: 9780521339193
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Feb-1987
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Bambi B. Schieffelin
Handbook of Language Socialization, Paperback (December 2013)
Documenting how in the course of acquiring language children become speakers and members of communities, The Handbook of Language Socialization is a unique reference work for an emerging and fast-moving field.
Language and Social Relations, Paperback (November 2006)
Provides a way of accounting for the relationship between language and a variety of social phenomena.
Language, Discourse and Power in African American Culture, Paperback (July 2002)
Covers the entire field of African American language in the United States.
Shifting Languages, Paperback (December 1998)» View all books by Bambi B. Schieffelin
A fascinating account of the role of language in radical social transformation in Javanese-Indonesian community.
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