Language socialization and making sense of place

Bambi B. Schieffelin

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    From the time we are small, senses of place organize and give meaning to our everyday activities. Little is known, however, about the role language plays in how people come to inhabit or lose a sense of place. Using the theoretical paradigm of language socialization to examine these processes (inclusion and emplacement, and exclusion and displacement), this chapter uses ethnographic and linguistic data from Bosavi (Papua New Guinea) to demonstrate how young children's everyday verbal activities include place-naming, identification, and representation to index on-going activities and relationships, establishing strong affective connections to place. In contrast, Christian missionization, with its sense of space, changed local meanings of place, and the ways in which Bosavi speakers talked about it and each other.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Sociolinguistics of Place and Belonging
    Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives from the Margins
    EditorsLeonie Cornips, Vincent de Rooij
    PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
    Number of pages27
    ISBN (Electronic)9789027200044
    StatePublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameIMPACT: Studies in Language and Society
    ISSN (Print)1385-7908

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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