The Theory of Language Socialization

Elinor Ochs, Bambi B. Schieffelin

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    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Language Socialization
    Number of pages21
    ISBN (Print)9781405191869
    StatePublished - Nov 23 2011


    • Central tenet of language socialization-novices' participation in communicative practices
    • Infants, as speakers of languages-and also speakers of cultures
    • Language socialization and speech communities-undergoing transformation
    • Language socialization, ethnographic-cultural interpretations of semiotic forms, practices
    • Language socialization, lacuna-in anthropological studies of children, across communities
    • Language socialization, lifespan-households, schools, religious institutions, media use
    • Language socialization, scope of pragmatics-limited, Malinowski calling it 'the context of situation'
    • Language socializing practices-explicit practices, instructing novices
    • Theory of language socialization, an anthropological conviction-language, children's development of social and cultural knowledge and sensibilities
    • Transcending nature, nurture divide-mediating dualisms of nature, mind and culture

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Social Sciences
    • General Arts and Humanities

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