cultural and universal structure. While speakers the world over struggle to achieve intelligibility, they do so in culturally arranged ways.
Language socialization research is committed to articulating interfaces between language, mind, and society by exploring the role of language in human development and socialization. Our perspective pushes research on children's pragmatic competence beyond the bounds of children's capacity to perform particular actions and participate in particular activities towards an integrated cultural account of children as members of communities with histories, values, ways of understanding the world and organizing their identities and interactions. This includes culturally-specific theories and practices surrounding child development. While language socialization is centrally engaged in the close analysis of perfectly ordinary recurrent language practices involving language and cultural apprentices, the field is more broadly dedicated to situating and visualizing the specific linguistic and interactional structures that constitute such practices in terms of culturally universal and particular processes and meanings.
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Publication information: Book title: Social Interaction, Social Context, and Language:Essays in Honor of Susan Ervin-Tripp. Contributors: Dan Isaac Slobin - Editor, Julie Gerhardt - Editor, Amy Kyratzis - Editor, Jiansheng Guo - Editor. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 260.
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