Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
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Language Socialization and Language Shift Among School‐Aged Children

  • Kathryn M. Howard
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_206


Language socialization research examines how novices are socialized into communities of practice across the life course, including how they are socialized to use language appropriately in culturally significant activities, and how they are socialized through language into local values, beliefs, theories, and conceptions of the world. Adopting an ethnographic, discourse analytic approach, this research has illuminated the local, contingent, and contested nature of language socialization as it occurs through language in moment‐by‐moment interactions between social actors who construct their social worlds together through discursive action. Language socialization research seeks linkages between this local level at which culturally significant activities are constructed by participants, the social structures and institutional settings of a community, and larger political and economic processes of globalization, modernization, and social change. The goals, trajectories, and...


Language Policy Language Variety Language Practice Language Change Language Ideology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathryn M. Howard
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  1. 1.Graduate School of EducationUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA