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Word searches: on the use of verbal and non-verbal resources during classroom talk

Radford, Julie (2009) Word searches: on the use of verbal and non-verbal resources during classroom talk. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 23 (8). pp. 598-610. ISSN 0269-9206

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Abstract

Word finding difficulties in children are typically characterised by search behaviours such as silence, circumlocution, repetition and empty words. Yet, how children’s word searches are constructed (including gesture, gaze and prosody) and the actions accomplished during interaction have not yet been researched. In this study, eightyear- old Ciara is interacting with her teacher in the classroom. 37 segments containing word searches were analysed according to the procedures used by conversation analysts. Ciara’s interactional resources include co-ordinated deployment of syntax, pitch height and downward gaze during solitary searching that assist the enterprise of self-repair. Gaze shift towards the teacher signals a transition relevance place, thus constituting a direct invitation for her to participate in the search. Ciara’s interactional resources include semantic category labelling, phonological self-cuing and pronominal substitution that supply valuable linguistic information to the teacher and trigger production of the searched-for item. Recommendations for language teaching and therapy are presented.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: First ever study highlighting children’s verbal and non-verbal strategies during word searches. Thorough linguistic, paralinguistic and sequential analysis of dataset. Breaks new theoretical ground about how children participate in word searching. Practice implications for health and education professionals and trainers. This is an electronic version of an article published in Radford, Julie (2009) Word searches: on the use of verbal and non-verbal resources during classroom talk. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 23 (8). pp. 598-610. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics is available online at: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02699200902997491
Controlled Keywords: Child development , Primary school , Special educational needs
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: IOE Repository Editor (2)
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2010 10:08
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2013 12:07
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