Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
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Language Socialization Among People with Mental Health Disorders

  • Irene Walsh
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_216


Language socialization is discussed in this chapter with reference to the recovery or improvement of one's social use of language. Principles discussed will refer primarily to people with chronic schizophrenia who have moved from hospital to community settings, but will also be relevant to other groups of people with mental health disorders (MHDs) living in the community. From existing definitions of language socialization, many concepts apply to this group of language users. For example, language socialisation has been described as a process that encompasses ‘socialization through language and into language’ (Ochs and Schieffelin, 1984; 1995; Schieffelin and Ochs, 1986a, 1986b, Ochs and Schieffelin,  Language Socialization: An Historical Overview, Volume 8). It involves ‘an interactional display (covert or overt) to a novice of expected ways of thinking, feeling and acting’ (Ochs, 1986, p. 2). Furthermore, language socialization examines ‘how [people] are socialized by...


Communication Skill Mental Health Disorder Language User Chronic Schizophrenia Social Skill Training 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Irene Walsh
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  1. 1.Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech & communication SciencesTrinity College DublinDublin 2Ireland