25. Heritage Language Socialization

  1. Alessandro Duranti2,
  2. Elinor Ochs2 and
  3. Bambi B. Schieffelin3
  1. Agnes Weiyun He

Published Online: 23 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444342901.ch25

The Handbook of Language Socialization

The Handbook of Language Socialization

How to Cite

He, A. W. (2011) Heritage Language Socialization, in The Handbook of Language Socialization (eds A. Duranti, E. Ochs and B. B. Schieffelin), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444342901.ch25

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, Los Angeles, USA

  2. 3

    New York University, USA

Author Information

  1. Stony Brook University, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405191869

Online ISBN: 9781444342901



  • heritage language socialization - ‘heritage language’ (HL), language inherited from home;
  • HL, in delighting, enriching or comforting - or embarrassing, or annoying one;
  • HL grounded in ethnography, language socialization - branch of linguistic anthropology;
  • heritage culture, transnational - intergenerational, intercultural, cross-linguistic and hybrid;
  • HL learners, and degrees of investment - compatible identities, blended or blurred through language learning process;
  • linguistic components, and language skills - grammar, lexicon, narrative skills, literacy emerging;
  • Koda, Zhang, and Yang (2008), literacy development in Chinese - heritage language (CHL), school-age students;
  • heritage language, a resource - conceptualizing language, complementing language socialization;
  • composite master profile of a HL learner - Jason's change of attitude toward the Chinese language;
  • Chinese culture in Jason's family - culture shift, family's immigrant experience unfolding itself


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Locating Heritage Language Development in a Research Tradition

  • Review of the Literature

  • Case in Point: Chinese as a Heritage Language

  • References