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How do preschool children engage each other in dialogue in Finland, Estonia and Sweden?
Södertörn University, School of Discourse Studies, Swedish language.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0364-4808
Södertörn University, School of Discourse Studies, Swedish language.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6360-953X
2008 (English)In: Multilingua - Journal of Cross-cultural and Interlanguage Communiciation, ISSN 0167-8507, E-ISSN 1613-3684, Vol. 27, no 4, 389-408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The present study compares preschool children in Finland, Estonia and Sweden regarding linguistic structures with which children in dyads elicited talk from each other in a naturalistic play activity Nineteen Finnish (mean age 5.1), 19 Estonian (mean age 5.4) and 17 Swedish (mean age 5.1) same-sex pairs were video-recorded by a native researcher Analyses of the results showed that children in different groups produced quite a similar number of utterances and eliciting talk structures. The Swedish and Finnish children used most yes-no questions, whereas the Estonian children had the highest occurrence of open questions. Imperative as well as elliptic structures were used by the Finnish children to a significantly higher extent than by the Swedish children. In summary, the groups differed less from each than was predicted on the basis of adult-child interaction. The results suggested that the symmetrical child-child free play context affected the choice of eliciting talk structures.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-10980DOI: 10.1515/MULTI.2008.018ISI: 000262481700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-10980DiVA: diva2:436957
Available from: 2011-08-25 Created: 2011-08-25 Last updated: 2017-07-03Bibliographically approved

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