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Language socialisation of children with communication difficulties in multilingual families. Jane Stokes: University of Greenwich and Deirdre Martin: University of Birmingham. The space we are in Building a knowledge ‘object’ . Our intellectual journeys :
Jane Stokes: University of Greenwich
Deirdre Martin: University of Birmingham
histories and personal - professional narratives
Dissatisfaction between the traditional separation between language acquisition and language socialisation (Kramsch 2002)
Language acquisition: learner as computer
Language socialisation: learner as apprentice
Key concepts of this perspective through metaphors of language development
Culture as ‘medium’; as a nurturing garden
“There is a danger that those who focus on biological [including cognitive] explanations and those who focus on cultural ones cannot even talk to one another because they are grappling with essentially different issues. We hope we are not talking past [other presenters here] but rather initiating a crossing of borders that will eventually lead to the kind of co-operation and transformation that we see as crucial to advancing our understanding”
Key concepts of this perspective
“ the marriage between culture and developmental research is uncertain. While culture is considered important to fathom, it is obscure and difficult to analyze. Culture, like God, seems unknowable. Central to understanding the relation of language and culture in human development is long term, rigorous ethnographic observation, recording, description, and analysis of displayed preferences and social actions, and their historical and ontogenetic enduring and changing relation to social identities and activities. Without this ethnographic knowledge, it is difficult to grasp the realms of social meaning that novice and veteran members of communities are building when they interact, and the sociocultural fissure points that land them in tangled webs of miscommunication”
“We have come to realise.. that language use is essentially a cultural phenomenon, both reflecting and transmitting deeply held cultural values and beliefs. If we are to provide increasingly efficacious services to all families we serve, we must grapple openly with the infinitely complex issues presented by the cultural diversity of the clients we serve”
Van Kleeck A (1994) Potential cultural bias in training parents as conversational partners with their children who have delays in language development American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Key concepts of culture and language socialisation of communication needs in multilingual families
How is the family collective building communication practices with and around the child?
What is the ecology of the family and the tension with individuality?
What are constellation of behaviours within families and cultures?
How do we build a new knowledge object to bridge the traditional separation between language acquisition and language socialisation?