Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/72525
Title: Requests for actions and their responses in caregiver-child interactions : a conversation analytic approach
Authors: Tse Crepaldi, Yvonne
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics::Sociolinguistics::Language acquisition
DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics::Discourse analysis
DRNTU::Social sciences::Psychology::Discursive psychology
DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics::Sociolinguistics::Pragmatics
Issue Date: 2017
Source: Tse Crepaldi, Y. (2017). Requests for actions and their responses in caregiver-child interactions : a conversation analytic approach. Doctoral thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: Children regularly encounter caregivers' requests for action (or inaction) in everyday interactions (through ‘directives’, ‘proposals’, ‘entreaties’, etc.). Prior research shows that children may comply with or defy such requests by making use of a variety of verbal as well as multimodal resources including facial expressions, gestures and body language. The present thesis offers an interactional account of how a two-year-old child handles these ever-changing impositions on their freedom, focusing first on equivocal resistance-implicative actions and then outright non-compliance. Our interest lies in seeing how a young child's developing mind may be observable through the ways in which he formulates actions in locally, publicly and morally significant ways, and how different sequential trajectories unfold as a result of these actions. Using a Conversation Analysis method, ten hours of home videos involving the child, his Italian father, Chinese mother and Filipino English-speaking babysitter were collected, transcribed, and analysed with attention to participants' orientations to each other's actions, and the timing and design of their actions as well as the organization of the conversational sequences. It is found that a child may show his inclination towards non-compliance in a number of ways. He may disattend a request by not giving a response (‘non-response’), withhold a responsive action or withdraw engagement to avoid perceived upcoming ‘troubles’. Instead of responding, he may also initiate a new course of action by directing interlocutor's attention away from the current focus, which may momentarily postpone or divert a request sequence. Finally, bald resistance with single or multiple no's are analysed and contrasted with I don't want in terms of the notion of entitlement. The study hopes to contribute not only to studies of requests and adult-child interaction, but also to deepen our understanding of children's acquisition of social understanding.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10356/72525
DOI: 10.32657/10356/72525
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:HSS Theses

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
Thesis Yvonne (Final).pdfPhD thesis31.03 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail
View/Open

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Plumx

Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.