Ethnographies of Language Socialization: Resources for Teaching Undergraduate Anthropology

See below for a list of recent ethnographies on language socialization, which will appeal to educators and students of anthropology, particularly at the undergraduate level, as well as to readers with a general interest in linguistic anthropology.

These titles were suggested on the LINGANTH listserv by members of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, and to make additional suggestions, please email: soclinganth@gmai.com or post your suggestions to LINGANTH. Ethnographies are listed in reverse chronological order of publication.

Click on the images to learn more about each title. 

kisisi

Gilmore, P. (2015). Kisisi (Our Language): The Story of Colin and Sadiki. Wiley-Blackwell.

inma

García-Sánchez, I. M. (2014). Language and Muslim Immigrant Childhoods: The Politics of Belonging. Wiley-Blackwell.

minks

Minks, A. (2013). Voices of Play: Miskitu Children’s Speech and Song on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. University of Arizona Press.

benor

Benor, S.B. (2012). Becoming Frum: How Newcomers Learn the Language and Culture of Orthodox Judaism. Rutgers University Press.

paugh

Paugh, A. L. (2012). Playing with Languages: Children and Change in a Caribbean Village. Berghahn Books.

meek

Meek, B. A. (2010). We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community. University of Arizona Press.

fader

Fader, A. (2009). Mitzvah Girls: Bringing Up the Next Generation of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. Princeton University Press. 

cook

Cook, H. M. (2008). Socializing Identities through Speech Style: Learners of Japanese as a Foreign Language (Vol. 32). Multilingual Matters.

gade

Gade, A. M. (2004). Perfection Makes Practice: Learning, Emotion, and the Recited Qurʼān in Indonesia. University of Hawaii Press.

morality

Rydstrøm, H. (2003). Embodying Morality: Growing Up in Rural Northern Vietnam. University of Hawaii Press.

Kulick

Kulick, D. (1997). Language Shift and Cultural Reproduction: Socialization, Self and Syncretism in a Papua New Guinean Village (No. 14). Cambridge University Press.

zentella

Zentella, A. C. (1997). Growing Up Bilingual: Puerto Rican Children in New York. Wiley-Blackwell.

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see also:

handbook

Duranti, A., Ochs, E., & Schieffelin, B. B. (Eds.). (2011). The Handbook of Language Socialization (Vol. 72). John Wiley & Sons.

lancy

Lancy, D. F., Bock, J. C., & Gaskins, S. (2010). The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood. Rowman & Littlefield.

kramsch

Kramsch, C. (Ed.). (2003). Language Acquisition and Language Socialization: Ecological Perspectives. Bloomsbury Publishing.

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To make additional suggestions of recent ethnographies on language socialization, please email: soclinganth@gmai.com or post your suggestions to LINGANTH.

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