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Play and imitation: Multimodal interaction and second language development in preschool
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3176-7226
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Swedish Language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8110-6506
2016 (English)In: Mind, culture and activity, ISSN 1074-9039, E-ISSN 1532-7884Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper targets the multimodal character of children’s play and its potential for scaffolding second language development. We follow children who are newcomers to a Swedish preschool, and analyze their interactions. Play is, we argue, based on rules or tacit agreements between children, originating in the human capacity of imitation, and creates an opportunity to test out cultural patterns. Despite their limited language abilities, the children naturally engage in bodily play interactions where different objects are deployed. This can potentially underpin second language development, not least when a child or teacher with better Swedish language proficiency participates.

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Taylor & Francis, 2016.
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multimodality, embodiment, preschool play, second language development, interaction, affordances
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Specific Languages Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Educational Sciences Didactics Learning Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-31171DOI: 10.1080/10749039.2016.1247868OAI: diva2:1047186
Available from: 2016-11-16 Created: 2016-11-16 Last updated: 2016-11-22Bibliographically approved

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