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Introduction Elinor Ochs Part I. Acquiring Language and Culture through Interactional Routines: 2. Calling-out and repeating routines in Kwara'ae children's language socialization Karen Ann Watson-Gegeo and David W. Gegeo 3. Prompting routines in the language socialization of Basotho children Katherine Demuth 4. Interactional routines as cultural influences upon language acquisition Ann M. Peters and Stephen T. Boggs 5. What no bedtime story means: narrative skills at home and school Shirley Brice Heath Part II. Acquiring Knowledge of Status and Role through Language Use: 6. Social norms and lexical acquisition: a study of deictic verbs in Samoan child language Martha Platt 7. The acquisition of register variation by Anglo-American children Elaine S. Anderson Part III. Expressing Affect: Input and Acquisition: 8. Teasing and shaming in Kaluli children's interactions Bambi B. Schieffelin 9. Teasing: verbal play in two Mexicano homes Ann R. Eisenberg 10. Teasing as language socialization and verbal play in a white working-class community Peggy Miller 11. The acquisition of communicative style in Japanese Patricia M. Clancy 12. From feeling to grammar: a Samoan case study Elinor Ochs.