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Mutual apprentices: the making of parenthood and childhood in family dinner conversations

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Starting from a view of socialization as a bidirectional process, the paper contributes to the field of language socialization in detailing how conversational interaction provides tools for parents and children to collaboratively construe a sense of moral meaning and social order. The paper illustrates both the agentive participation of Italian children in dialogue on normative behavior and ways that their discursive contributions shape the structure and thematic content of parental talk that ensues. Parental responses to children’s normative transgressions socialize them also into the language of transgression. The children we studied supply and elicit accounts from others that attempt to justify or explain transgression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-361
Number of pages22
JournalHuman Development
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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