ERIC Number: EJ847893
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Role-Play and Language Socialization among Bilingual Korean Children in the United States
Simulation & Gaming, v39 n2 p240-252 2008
This article examines children's role-play within the framework of language socialization, as well as the relations between (a) utterances made by young bilingual Korean children within the role-play frame and (b) metacommunicative utterances about the play. It analyzes the language features that children use to set up the context of role-play and explores the relationships of the children who participate in the process of role-play socialization. Data analysis includes thematically and pragmatically related sequences of naturally occurring interactions during lunch time and play time in a Korean Baptist church in the United States and play time at some of the children's homes. Results indicate that bilingual children socialize themselves and jointly construct their identities through role-play in the communities of practice using specific features of language such as metacommunicative verbs, deictics, and code-switching.
Descriptors: Children, Bilingualism, Korean Americans, Socialization, Role Playing, Language Acquisition, Code Switching (Language), Communities of Practice, Age Differences, Metacognition, Cues
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