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ERIC Number: EJ1059967
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0163-853X
"Say [X]": A Device for Securing Conversational Footing in the Talk of Young Children
Morita, Emi
Discourse Processes: A multidisciplinary journal, v52 n4 p290-310 2015
This study investigates a particular behavior in talk-in-interaction that appears to be, at least in its most explicit form, relatively unique to children, that is, the behavior whereby one participant explicitly instructs another participant to say a specific phrase, after which the first participant then supplies a prefashioned response. Rather than simply dismissing such conduct as the product of an immature psychology, close examination of the sequential organization of such talk reveals that even children at a very early age comprehend the execution of any given speech action demands a particular sequential context for that talk to be both sense-making and effective. The data discussed herein reveal an understanding of preference organization and sequential trajectory displayed by children as young as 2 and 3 years old and that this three-part "say [x]" format has versatile application in children's talk-in-interaction.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan
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