FAMILY INTERACTION AS A BILINGUAL PRACTICE; Pragmatic socialization during dinnertime

Rebecca Kublitz

Studenteropgave: Speciale


In conversation with children, parents use language in order to convey norms and rules governing linguistic, social and cultural behavior. This study investigates the way in which dinnertime serves a culturally distinctive role in pragmatic socialization and how pragmatic socialization is achieved in a bilingual family at the dinner table. A bilingual family, with access to two linguistic codes, being English and Danish, was video-recorded during two mealtimes. The specific methodology for the analysis was made within the framework of interactional sociolinguistics using tools from conversational analysis as the research method. The analysis was grouped into three groups in order to better understand the different types of switches made by the test family in the data collected. As pragmatic socialization was the main research area, it functions as an overall umbrella, shaping the analysis. As a result of the study, the analysis showed that pragmatic socialization was achieved both explicitly and implicitly. It was accomplished through different types of techniques ranging from offering politeness rules and conversational rules for turn-taking to using the two linguistic codes differently, specifically directing the children to use one language or the other.

UddannelserEngelsk, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato30 jun. 2014
VejledereAnne Fabricius


  • Pragmatic socialization
  • Bilingialism