Linda Thompson (Editor)'s Children Talking: The Development of Pragmatic Competence PDF

By Linda Thompson (Editor)

Contains papers on the baby Language Seminar held on the college of Durham in March 1996. The seminar involved in social measurement of kid's constructing language and used to be attended via delegates from numerous backgrounds and pursuits, together with lecturers, linguists, psychologists, speech therapists and a couple of postgraduates. the entire papers are in line with empirical study. every one specializes in a selected point of the kid's constructing sociolinguistic thoughts and pragmatic competence. The publication may be of curiosity to these attracted to youngsters and their language improvement.

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While each of these extracts depicts Leanne as a unique 'I', with identifiable characteristics, they also situate her in relation to others. In describing herself in explicit ways, she suggests that some of her characteristics confer membership of social groups, such as people who are not fussy about food, people who reserve judgement on the characters of others and so on. Such mobility across the dimensions of identity in the negotiations is characteristic of many of the exchanges which the children manage in the recordings.

In addition to referring backwards and forwards to themes in their own talk, children's stories also make structural and thematic links with the stories of others. In the interview from which Story 2 is taken, Lee (11 years) and Geoffrey (10) talked extensively to me about their interest in animals and birds. Lee had just told a lengthy and complicated account about a local stray black cat adopted by his family, when Geoffrey offered the following story of his own: Story 2: The stray cat Geoff: [A] There was this black stray cat who started coming into our garden for two nights Lee: Is it really scruffy?

Geoff: [O] Yea, and it didn't have no collar. ' (laughter) < previous page page_41 next page > < previous page page_42 next page > Page 42 Janet: So what did you do? ' cause I had a few sandwiches, and my mum said 'That one might, you never know', [r] so I gave it a bit of bread and it eat a bit, it eat a bit, only a little bit (yea) Lee: And my Uncle Edward and my Auntie Jennie and the others give my mum a cockateel ... ' both invites Geoffrey to tell the story, and also helps to shape the content of his orientation section, which concentrates wholly on the appearance of the cat (including the lack of collar which suggests it is a stray), so that the boys can determine whether Geoffrey's cat is the same as Lee's stray.

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