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

Dixon, Sally

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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]

dc.contributor.authorDixon, Sally
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-18T05:49:27Z
dc.date.available2015-05-18T05:49:27Z
dc.identifier.issn0378-2166
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/13512
dc.description.abstractThe 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. The analysis will reveal that in the play session, this expectation of compliance arises from two situational factors: who owns the toy at the time of the request, and the request-maker's ‘entitlement’ to have the toy. The former can be signalled by various in-turn design features such as assertions of ownership, possessive pronouns and a range of justifications which point to various ownership rights. Entitlement is justified with explicit or tacit reference to ‘rules of the game’.
dc.description.sponsorshipThis research was conducted as part of the Australian Research Council grant: DP0877762 A longitudinal study of the interaction of home and school language in three Aboriginal communities (Chief Investigators Gillian Wigglesworth and Jane Simpson).
dc.publisherElsevier
dc.sourceJournal of Pragmatics
dc.subjectobject requests
dc.subjectchild interaction
dc.subjectAlyawarr English
dc.titleGimme! Gimme! Gimme!: Object requests, ownership and entitlement in a children's play session
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume82
dc.date.issued2015-06
local.identifier.absfor200403 - Discourse and Pragmatics
local.identifier.ariespublicationu9803255xPUB1107
local.publisher.urlhttp://www.elsevier.com/
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationDixon, S., The Australian National University
dc.relationhttp://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP0877762
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage39
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage51
local.identifier.doi10.1016/j.pragma.2015.03.009
local.identifier.absseo950202 - Languages and Literacy
dc.date.updated2015-12-10T10:03:26Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-84927155567
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