The effects of personalization on young children's spontaneous speech during shared book reading

Kucirkova, Natalia; Messer, David and Sheehy, Kieron (2014). The effects of personalization on young children's spontaneous speech during shared book reading. Journal of Pragmatics, 71 pp. 45–55.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2014.07.007

Abstract

This paper is concerned with a so far little explored situational context: sharing books which have been personalised for individual children in a pre-school. Thirty-five children (mean age 36.94 months) were read a book with a personalised and non-personalised part. Their spontaneous verbal responses were video recorded and later transcribed. The analysis focused on the difference between the personalised and non-personalised context in terms of the amount of children's utterances and the pragmatic intent of their speech, which included self-referencing, use of questions and corrections. The findings are interpreted from both developmental and socio-cultural Vygotskian perspectives, and evaluated in light of their implications for the understanding of pragmatic aspects of sharing personalised books with children.

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