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Laura Sterponi

Associate Professor
Institute of Human Development &
Graduate School of Education
UC Berkeley


5643 Tolman Hall
UC Berkeley
Berkeley CA 94720

Tel: 510-642-0287
sterponi (at) berkeley (dot) edu

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Sterponi, L. & de Kirby K. (in press). A multidimensional reappraisal of language in autism: insights from a discourse analytic study. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Sterponi, L., de Kirby, K. & Shankey, J. (2015). Rethinking language in autism. Autism, 19(5), 517-526 [PDF]

Sterponi, L. & Shankey, J.  (2014). Rethinking echolalia: Repetition as interactional resource in the communication of a child with autism. Journal of Child Language , 41(2), 275-304 [PDF]

Sterponi, L. & Lai, P.F. (2013). Literacy. In J. Jackson (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology. New York: Oxford University Press.  [PDF]

Sterponi, L. & Bhattacharya, U.  (2012). Dans les traces de Hymes et au-delà: les études de la socialization langagière. Langage & Société, 139, 67-82.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. & Fasulo, A. (2010). How to go on: Intersubjectivity and progressivity in the communication of a child with autism. Ethos, 38(1), 116-142.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2009). Accountability in family discourse: Socialization into norms and standards and negotiation of responsibility in Italian dinner conversations. Childhood, 16(4), 441-459.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2008). Introduction. In L. Sterponi (guest editor), The spirit of reading: Practices of reading sacred texts. Special issue of Text & Talk, 28(5), 555-559.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2008). Reading and meditation in the middle ages: Lectio divina and books of hours. In L. Sterponi (guest editor), The spirit of reading: Practices of reading sacred texts. Special issue of Text & Talk, 28(5), 667-689.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2007). Reading as involvement with text: Insights from a study of high-functioning children with autism. Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata, VII, 3, 87-114.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2007). Clandestine interactional reading: Intertextuality and double-voicing under the desk. Linguistics & Education, 18(1), 1-23. [PDF]


Ochs, E., Solomon, O. & Sterponi, L. (2005). Limitations and transformations of habitus in child-directed communication. Discourse Studies, 7(4-5), 547-583.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2004). Construction of rules, accountability and moral identity by high-functioning children with autism. Discourse Studies, 6(2), Special Issue: Discourse and Autism. E. Ochs & O. Solomon (eds.), 207-228.  [PDF]

Sterponi, L. (2003). Account episodes in family discourse: The making of morality in everyday interaction. Discourse Studies, 5(1), 79-100.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. & Pontecorvo, C. (2003). Morale situata: Costruzione discorsiva delle norme e del posizionamento morale attraverso l’attività del “render conto”. (Situated morality: Accountability and the discursive construction of norms and moral positioning). Rivista di Psicolinguistica Applicata, III, 1, 137-156.


Sterponi, L. (2002). Exploring children's spontaneous accomplishments of reading activity. In J.E. Alatis, H.E. Hamilton & A. Tan (eds.), Georgetown University Round Table on Languages and Linguistics (GURT) 2000. Linguistics, Language, and the Professions: Education, Journalism, Law, Medicine, and Technology. Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. Pp. 141-161.


Santagata, R & Sterponi, L. (2001). Aspetti culturali del discorso a scuola: uno studio delle pratiche educative in classi e famiglie italiane e statunitensi. (Cultural aspects of school discourse: An investigation of educative practices in Italian and U.S. classrooms and families). Rassegna di Psicologia, XVIII, 3, 41-54.


Pontecorvo, C., Fasulo, A. & Sterponi, L. (2001). Mutual apprentices: The making of parenthood and childhood in family dinner conversations. Human Development, 44, 340-361.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. & Santagata, R. (2000). Mistakes in the classroom and at the dinner table: A comparison between socialization practices in Italy and United States. Crossroads of Language, Interaction and Culture, 3, 57-72.  [PDF]


Pontecorvo, C., Pirchio, S. & Sterponi, L. (2000). Are there just two people in a dyad? Dyadic configurations in multiparty family conversations. Rivista Svizzera di Scienze dell’Educazione, 3, 535-556.


Sterponi, L. (2000). Lo sviluppo discorsivo dell’identità. Note sulle modalità di riferimento interpersonale nelle conversazioni familiari a tavola (The discursive development of identity. Remarks on interpersonal references in family dinner conversations). Studi Italiani di Linguistica Teorica ed Applicata. XXIX, 3, 525-542.


Pontecorvo, C., Fasulo, A. & Sterponi, L. (1998). L'apprendistato reciproco nell'interazione familiare (The mutual apprenticeship in family interaction). Ikon, 36, 107-130.


Bonaiuto, M. & Sterponi, L. (1997). Attribuzione di intenzionalità retorica nell’interazione adulti-bambini (The attribution of rhetorical intentionality in adult-child interactions). Rassegna di Psicologia, Vol. XIV, n. 1, 107-137.


Sterponi, L. & Pontecorvo, C. (1996). Discourse at family dinner: how children are socialized through arguing. In D. Brixhe (ed.), “Construction de savoirs”. Numéro thématique de Interaction et Cognitions, 2, 329-366.


Sterponi, L. & Pontecorvo, C. (1996). Il farsi e il disfarsi dell’argomento di discorso nelle conversazioni familiari a tavola (The making and unmaking of discourse topic in family dinner conversations). Rassegna di Psicologia, Vol. XIII, n. 3, 39-68.



Book Chapters:

Everri, M. & Sterponi, L. (in press). Co-constructing the adolescent's identity: agency and autonomy as interactional accomplishments. In S. Bagga-Gupta, A. L. Hansen & J. Feilberg (eds.), Identity revised and reimagined. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Sterponi, L. & Lai, P.F. (2015). Culture and language development. In F. Sharifian (ed.), The Routledge handbook of language and culture. London & New York: Routledge. Pp. 325-338  [PDF]

Sterponi, L., de Kirby, K. & Shankey, J. (2015). Subjectivity in autistic language: insights on pronoun atypicality from three case studies. In M. O'Reilly & J. Lester (eds.), The Palgrave handbook of child mental health. London: Palgrave Macmillan. Pp 272-295.  [PDF]

Sterponi, L. & Shankey, J. (2014). Situating communicative (in)competence in (performative) context: Insights from autism. In S. Bornand & C. Leguy (eds.), Compétences et performance. Paris: Karthala. Pp. 205-236  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2014). Caught red-handed: how Italian parents engage children in moral discourse and action. In C. Wainryb & H. Recchia (eds.), Talking about right and wrong: parent-child conversations as contexts for moral development. Cambridge University Press. Pp. 122-142   [PDF]

Hull, G., Stornaiulo, A. & Sterponi, L. (2013). Imagined readers and hospitable texts: Global youth connect online. In Alvermann, D.E., Unrau, N.J. & Ruddell, R.B. (eds.), Newark, DE: International Reading Association. Pp. 1208-1240  [PDF]

Sterponi, L. (2011). Literacy socialization. In A. Duranti, E. Ochs, & B.B. Schieffelin (eds.), Handbook of language socialization. Malden, Mass.: Wiley-Blackwell. Pp. 227-246.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. (2010). Learning communicative competence. In D.F. Lancy, J. Bock, & S. Gaskins (eds.), The Anthropology of learning in childhood. New York: Rowan & Littlefield. Pp. 235-259.  [PDF]


Pontecorvo, C. & Sterponi, L. (2008). Explication et justification dans les séquences de rendre compte (accountability): moralité et raisonnement dans les discours familiaux. In C. Hudelot, A. Salazar Ovig & E. Veneziano (eds.), L'explication. Enjeux cognitifs et interactionnels. Louvain: Peeters Editions. Pp. 245-254.


Sterponi, L. (2007). Voci sussurrate sottobanco: habitus e agentività nelle pratiche di lettura (Whispered voices under the desk: habitus and agency in reading practices). In A. Donzelli & A. Fasulo (a cura di), Agentività nell’interazione umana. Roma: Carocci. Pp. 237-262.  [PDF]


Sterponi, L. & Fasulo, A. (2006). Introduzione. In A. Fasulo & L. Sterponi (eds.), Linguaggio e cultura. L’acquisizione della competenza comunicativa. (Language and culture. The acquisition of conversational competence). Italian translation of a compilation of essays by Elinor Ochs. Roma: Carocci Editore. Pp. 13-24.


Ochs, E. & Sterponi, L. (2003). Analisi delle narrazioni (Narrative analysis). In G. Mantovani and A. Spagnolli (eds.), Metodi qualitativi in psicologia. Bologna: Il Mulino. Pp. 131-158.  [PDF]

Pontecorvo, C., & Sterponi, L. (2002). Learning to argue and reason through discourse in educational settings. In G.Wells and G.Claxton (eds.), Learning for life in the 21th century: Sociocultural perspectives on the future of education. Oxford, UK: Blackwell. Pp. 127-140.  [PDF]

Pirchio, S., Pontecorvo, C. & Sterponi, L. (2002). “Dialogare” nelle conversazioni in famiglia. In C. Bazzanella (ed.), Le forme del dialogo. Milano: Guerini e Associati. Pp. 47-57.

Amendola, S. e Sterponi, L. (1996). Strategie discorsive e forme linguistiche nella socializzazione a tavola (Discursive strategies and linguistic forms.within the socialization at dinner table) In C. Gallo Barbisio (ed.), Trasformazioni e narrazioni. Torino: Editrice Tirrenia Stampatori.



Edited Book & Special Issue:


Sterponi, L. (guest editor) (2008). The spirit of reading: Practices of reading sacred texts. Special Issue of Text & Talk, 28(5).


Fasulo, A. & Sterponi, L. (eds.) (2006). Linguaggio e cultura. L’acquisizione della competenza comunicativa. (Language and culture. The acquisition of conversational competence). Italian translation of a compilation of essays by Elinor Ochs. Roma: Carocci Editore.


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