Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
| Editors: Nancy H. Hornberger

Language Socialization in Canadian Aboriginal Communities

  • Diane Pesco
  • Martha Crago
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_212


Children are socialized to cultural norms and values through language and also become familiar with preferences and expectations for how language should be used by participating in social interactions in their communities. As Schieffelin and Ochs ( 1996) note, language socialization researchers consider children's language use in light of the sociocultural context, including the “structures, processes, activities, understandings, and ideologies that give meaning and identity to a community” (p. 252). They also identify the methods typical of language socialization research: taping of spontaneous and multiple interactions involving children, analysis of transcripts derived from the recordings, and integration of transcript data with observational notes, and native speakers’ perspectives on the significance of recorded events (see Ochs and Schieffelin,  Language Socialization: An Historical Overview, Volume 8).

Adopting Schieffelin and Ochs’ description, there are only a few...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diane Pesco
    • 1
  • Martha Crago
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of WaterlooON N2L 3G1Canada