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Co-constructing family identities through young children’s telephone-mediated narrative exchanges

Cameron, Catherine Ann and Gillen, Julia (2013) Co-constructing family identities through young children’s telephone-mediated narrative exchanges. First Language, 33 (3). pp. 246-267. ISSN 0142-7237

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    Abstract

    We explore here 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. We deploy methods of linguistic ethnography to enrich the scope of interpreting our data beyond textual analysis. Our 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 at 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.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: First Language
    Additional Information: This is a postprint version of the following article: Cameron, C.A. & Gillen, J. (2013) Coconstructing family identities through young children’s telephone-mediated narrative exchanges. First Language 33 (3) 246-267, first published on fla.sagepub.com doi:10.1177/0142723713487611 This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with SAGE Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.
    Uncontrolled Keywords: families ; identity ; linguistic ethnography ; MULTIMODAL ANALYSIS ; telephone discourse ; YOUNG CHILDRENS DEVELOPMENT
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 59067
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 09 Oct 2012 16:58
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Mar 2015 10:28
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/59067

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