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Recruiting assistance in early childhood: Longitudinal changes in the use of “Oh+X” as a way of reporting trouble in German

  • Based on longitudinal audiovisual data from family interactions, we focus on how young children between 1;08 and 2;10 report trouble they are encountering in their current activity using the response cry oh in combination with other lexical items (e.g., “oh fell off”) and bodily displays. While at a very young age the children remain focused on their activity and try to solve the problem independently, at an older age they start to systematically use gaze directed toward the parent and suspension of the current activity to enlist the adult’s assistance. We argue that these bodily displays are among the resources whose presence or absence constrains whether the report of trouble leads to the recruitment of assistance or not. Regarding the developmental implications, it seems that during their third year of life, young children expand their repertoire for dealing with trouble interactively. Data are in German with English translations.

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Author:Martin PfeifferORCiDGND, Marina Anna
Parent Title (English):Research on Language and Social Interaction: Longitudinal CA: How interactional practices change over time
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Editor:Simona Pekarek Doehler, Arnulf Deppermann
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2021
Date of Publication (online):2021/06/24
GND Keyword:Familie; Interaktion; Kind; Kommunikation; Konversationsanalyse; Körpersprache; Längsschnittuntersuchung; Nichtverbale Kommunikation
First Page:142
Last Page:162
Dieser Beitrag ist aus urheberrechtlichen Gründen nicht frei zugänglich. / Due to copyright reasons the full-text of the article is not freely accessible.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:nein
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt