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Elinor Ochs

Elinor Ochs is an American linguistic anthropologist, and Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at University of California, Los Angeles.[1][2] Ochs has conducted fieldwork in Madagascar, Italy, Samoa and the United States of America on communication and interaction.[3] Together with Bambi Schieffelin, Professor Ochs developed language socialization, a field of inquiry which examines the ways in which individuals become competent members of communities of practice to and through the use of language.[3][4] Professor Ochs is also known for her contributions to applied linguistics and the theorization of narrative and family discourse.[3]

In the USA, Professor Ochs has conducted research on a wide range of topics including the social construction of knowledge in a physics laboratory, sociality and autism, and the socialization of morality in family discourse.[3] The last was conducted during her decade long tenure as the director for the Center on Everyday Lives of Families, supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Workplace, Workforce, and Working Families Program on Dual-Career Working Middle Class Families.[5] In 1998, Professor Ochs was named a MacArthur Fellow for her contributions to the study of language.[6]



  • 2000 Honorary Doctorate, Linkoping University, Sweden[7]
  • 1998 MacArthur Fellows Program[6]
  • 1998 American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow[8]
  • 1996 Helsinki University Rector’s Medal of Distinctive Scholarship[7]
  • 1984 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow[7]
  • 1973 New Hall, University of Cambridge Fellow[7]
  • 1973 Honorary master's degree, University of Cambridge[7]
  • 1966 Phi Beta Kappa[7]



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  3. ^ a b c d García-Sanchez, Inmaculada (January 2013). "Elinor Ochs". The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. 
  4. ^ Ochs and Schieffelin (1984). "Language Acquisition and Socialization: Three Developmental Stories". Culture Theory: Essays of Mind, Self, and Emotion. 
  5. ^ "UCLA SLOAN CELF Center". Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  6. ^ a b "Elinor R. Ochs — MacArthur Foundation". Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f "Elinor Ochs, Distinguished Professor, Curriculum Vitae". UCLA Department of Anthropology, Faculty Page. UCLA Department of Anthropology. Retrieved 2016-03-21. 
  8. ^ "UCLA SLOAN CELF Center". Retrieved 2016-03-22. 

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