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Asta Cekaite


Professor 2013
PhD Dept of Child Studies
MA (Scandinavian philology) Vilnius, 1998.
BA (Lithuanian philology, Scandinavian philology), Vilnius University, 1996.

Research interests

Interdisciplinary approach to language, culture, and social interaction. Specialization within the fields of applied linguistics, linguistic anthropology, and education. Main focus is on children’s interactions, language and cultural socialization, and learning documented through longitudinal video-ethnographies of everyday practices.

Empirical fields cover family social interactions (in Sweden, and in USA), adult-child interactions in educational settings (including multilingual classrooms and preschools in Sweden), and children’s peer group social interactions and peer group learning.

Specific research foci: Social interaction, language and embodiment, emotion and moral socialization in interactions with children, institutonal conversations, bilingualism and multilingualism in children’s peer groups, and family interactions, language ideologies and policies; children’s learning with digital media.


Projects (ongoing)

Communicating emotions, embodying morality: A sociocultural perspective on affective and moral socialization in families and in early education. Asta Cekaite (main applicant). Grant ’Distinguished young researchers’. Swedish Research Council. 2014-2019. 18 mlj. SEK.

Language policies in multilingual preschools and families: Institutional and everyday practices and accounts. Swedish Research Council. 2011-2015. Main applicant P. Björk-Willén. Co-applicants A. Cekaite, T. Puskas.


Selected publications

Cekaite, A., Blum-Kulka, S., Gröver, V. & Teubal, E. (Eds.)(2014). Children’s peer talk: Learning from each other. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cekaite, A. (2013). Child pragmatic development. In C. A. Chapelle (General editor) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics (pp. 1-7). Wiley-Blackwell. 

Goodwin, M. H. & Cekaite, A. (2013). Calibration in directive/response sequences in family interactions. Journal of Pragmatics, 46, 122-138.

Cekaite, A. (2012). Affective stances in teacher-novice student interactions: Language, embodiment, and willingness to learn. Language in Society, 41, 641-670.

Goodwin, M. H., Cekaite, A., & Goodwin, C. (2012). Emotion as stance. In A. Peräkylä & M-L. Sorjönen (Eds.) Emotion in interaction (pp. 16-63). Oxford: Oxford University Press.





Telephone: 013-28 26 74
Fax: 013-28 29 00

E-mail: asta.cekaite@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Child Studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping


About Child studies

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding children, childhood and family in history and society. Education in Child Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (Ph.D).

About Tema

The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

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