By Lyn Wright Fogle

This ebook examines how Russian-speaking adoptees in 3 US households actively form possibilities for language studying and identification building in daily interactions. This paintings specializes in how newcomers in achieving employer in moment language socialization strategies and informs the fields of moment language acquisition and language upkeep and shift.

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Russian vs English), which occur in that family, seem related not only to the children’s language competencies but also the construction of family roles and power relations. These processes warrant greater attention to language as a mediating tool in family formation and establishing affect among family members. How parents’ motives for adopting intersect with language use and language learning in the family sphere is not clear. The widespread view of adoptees or children as emotional assets for parents could potentially affect the expectations parents have for children’s participation in discursive routines, particularly ones associated with family bonding such as mealtime talk or story times.

Rather, it is the repetition and recurrence of actions and stances, as shown in studies of family language socialization, which construct an individual’s larger identity on a long-term timescale. But the longer term aspects of our identities are not determined by a single performance. , all the types of situation in which acting the ‘good father’ make sense). In the current study, the family members are represented as ‘adoptive parents’ and ‘adoptees’, ‘Russian speakers’ or ‘English speakers’, ‘children’ and ‘parents’.

Thus processes of socialization and individuals’ experiences are central to the achievement of agency. In the analysis in the coming chapters, I show over time how children are allowed to exercise control over their parents in day-to-day interactions as parents increasingly accommodate to their interactional strategies. These accommodations not only lead to learning opportunities for the children, but also in some cases to dramatic changes in the possibilities for identity construction and roles and relationships in the family sphere.

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