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ERIC Number: EJ1079626
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-7237
Co-Constructing Family Identities through Young Children's Telephone-Mediated Narrative Exchanges
Cameron, Catherine Ann; Gillen, Julia
First Language, v33 n3 p246-267 Jun 2013
This article explores telephone interactions between young children and adult family members as contributing insights to the co-construction of identities within both the nuclear and the extended family. The authors deploy methods of linguistic ethnography to enrich the scope of interpreting the data beyond textual analysis. The study's premise was that intimate relatives have knowledgeable appreciation of their child's affective and cognitive worlds that they can call upon to enhance emerging language use and narrative productions, even in distanced communications. Talking over the telephone has the potential to scaffold children's skills in offering clear, cohesive communications, and elaborated narratives. Examination of the corpora of four preschool children in interaction with a family member on the telephone showed them to employ extensive expressive power to negotiate considerable communicative space in having both emotional and cognitive needs met; identities are co-constructed as stories about persons and experiences are shared.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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