ANT 393 • Language Socialization
9:00 AM-12:00 PM
This seminar provides an introduction to and traces developments within the field of Language Socialization Studies, a relatively new but dynamic, rich, and diverse domain of research in contemporary linguistic anthropology. Traditionally, language socialization studies have focused on three primary lines of inquiry and their critical nexus: 1) the acquisition of language and communicative/cultural competence by children/novices, 2) children's/novices' socialization into language and communicative/ cultural competence by adults/experts, and 3) the inextricable interplay between language, socialization, and communicative/cultural competence -- their achievement, demonstration, reproduction, transmission, etc. Language socialization research encompasses both theory and method and elucidates the interconnectedness of micro everyday and macro cultural phenomena. While the primary aim of this seminar is to familiarize students with contemporary language socialization research, the class is also designed to locate language socialization study within the larger field of anthropology. Students will be encouraged to think about language socialization as theory: comparing and contrasting it with other theoretical paradigms; locating language socialization's emergence historically within the discipline; etc. Students will also be encouraged to consider language socialization as method: comparing and contrasting it with other linguistic anthropological methods; considering its cross-over applications for other sub-fields of anthropology; and pondering its utility for disciplines other than anthropology. Mirroring the phenomenon of language socialization itself, this seminar will assist students in acquiring the language of and developing basic literacy in language socialization studies and in linguistic anthropology.