How do preschool children engage each other in dialogue in Finland, Estonia and Sweden?
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
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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2008. Vol. 27, no 4, 389-408 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-10980DOI: 10.1515/MULTI.2008.018ISI: 000262481700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-10980DiVA: diva2:436957