2. The Cultural Organization of Attention

  1. Alessandro Duranti2,
  2. Elinor Ochs2 and
  3. Bambi B. Schieffelin3
  1. Penelope Brown

Published Online: 23 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444342901.ch2

The Handbook of Language Socialization

The Handbook of Language Socialization

How to Cite

Brown, P. (2011) The Cultural Organization of Attention, in The Handbook of Language Socialization (eds A. Duranti, E. Ochs and B. B. Schieffelin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444342901.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, Los Angeles, USA

  2. 3

    New York University, USA

Author Information

  1. Center for Advanced Study (Wissenschaftskolleg), Berlin, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 NOV 2011
  2. Published Print: 19 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191869

Online ISBN: 9781444342901



  • interactional foundations - cultural organization of attention;
  • language socialization, socialization into language - its use in interaction;
  • language use, bedrock of human competencies - in social interaction;
  • anthropological, cross-cultural literature on childhood - cultural variation, infants socially engaged;
  • joint attention in infant-caregiver interaction, first 12 months - in joint attention;
  • labelling the object - helping infants, to learn the word;
  • ‘common ground’ (Clark 1996) and ‘grounding’ - between American mothers and infants;
  • caregiver-infant interaction, in Mexico and Papua New Guinea - face-to-face communicative behaviors;
  • baseline of infant interaction, long stretches - interactions, among nine Rossel Island infants;
  • social practices in caregiver–infant interactions - joint attention in learning, communicative partner


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Joint Attention in Infant - Caregiver Interaction in the First 12 Months

  • Interactional Studies of Attention Management and Infant Pointing, 12 - 18 Months

  • Comparative Study of Caregiver - Infant Interaction

  • Conclusions

  • References