Language and Society Language is fundamental to human societies. As Danesi points out, if everyone lost all their memory of language overnight, the next day we would have to start building civilization from scratch. Everything we know would cease to make sense – including our entire society. Every society is rooted in language and the knowledge to live within it is passed down via the medium of language. There exist a multitude of relations between language structure and society. This essay will examine one particular aspect: the way in which language teaches children to be members of their society. This process is generally referred to as socialization. Every society is based on its culture, that is, the members of the society are...The end:
.....n all social environments and in a variety of ways – from guided to coercive – to socialize children to fit into their societies. Bibliography Atwood, Margaret. Cat’s Eye. Toronto: Seal Books, 1999. Blum-Kulka, Shoshana. Dinner Talk: Cultural Patterns of Sociability and Socialization in Family Discourse. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997. Brown, Keith, et al., eds. Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics. 2nd ed. Vol. 11. Boston: Elsevier, 2006. Danesi, M. Language, Society and Culture: Introducing Anthropological Linguistics. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press, 2008. Yawkey, Thomas D., and James E. Johnson, eds. Integrative Processes and Socialization: Early to Middle Childhood. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1988.