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ERIC Number: EJ884103
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISSN: ISSN-1468-7984
Code-Switching during Parent-Child Reading Interactions: Taking Multiple Theoretical Perspectives
Kabuto, Bobbie
Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, v10 n2 p131-157 2010
This article uses multiple theoretical perspectives to understand the synergy that occurs between linguistically diverse parents and children during reading interactions. Through the detailed analysis of code-switching during book-sharing activities in a middle-class, bilingual home, we can observe how linguistically diverse parents support the development of reading competency in their children, provide rich language and linguistic experiences, and co-construct their children's identities as a reader as they read together. Code-switching is therefore viewed as a cognitive, social, and cultural tool to support the learning of early biliterate readers by mediating reading transactions with the text. The insights from this study highlight how transactions with text in bilingual homes can be described through language syncretism, or integration and reinvention of language forms, as part of a holistic, natural approach to literacy learning. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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