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ERIC Number: EJ1161600
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1559-5692
What's in a Name? A Critical Literacy and Functional Linguistic Analysis of Immigrant Acculturation in Contemporary Picture Books
Sembiante, Sabrina F.; Baxley, Traci P.; Cavallaro, Christina J.
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education, v12 n1 p28-41 2018
This article investigates how immigrant children's acculturation experiences are characterized through the symbolic literary feature of name in children's literature and how the language of the text functions to communicate these messages. We draw on the theoretical frameworks of Critical Literacy (CL) and Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) to inform our analysis, showcasing how the connection and interrelation of these theories maximizes the potential for meaning-making. Texts were examined to reveal dominant themes around acculturation communicated through the use of protagonists' names and trends in the language used to construct young readers' understandings. Findings indicate that the construct of a name is a key theme in the literature used to forge a cultural identity for immigrant children, generate cultural conflict, and stimulate others' judgment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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