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Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!: Object requests, ownership and entitlement in a children's play session

Dixon, Sally


The exchange of objects is a ubiquitous feature of children's play. Yet we know little about how children choose amongst the plethora of strategies at their disposal for getting and maintaining control of objects in the play space. In the present study, the methods of conversation analysis are applied to reveal Aboriginal children in remote Central Australia relying heavily on two ‘toy getting’ strategies: ‘gimme’ requests and grabs. Both strategies carry with them an expectation of compliance....[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015-06
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Pragmatics
DOI: 10.1016/j.pragma.2015.03.009


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