Analysing Interactions in Childhood: Insights from Conversation Analysis

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Hilary Gardner, Michael Forrester
Wiley, Dec 1, 2009 - Medical - 29496 pages
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Offers a fresh perspective on how conversation analysis can be used to highlight the sophisticated nature of what children actually do when interacting with their peers, parents, and other adults.
  • Brings together a contributor team of leading experts in the emerging field of child-focused conversation analytic studies, from both academic and professional research backgrounds
  • Includes examples of typically developing children and those who face a variety of challenges to participation, as they interact with parents and friends, teachers, counsellors and health professionals
  • Encompasses linguistic, psychological and sociological perspectives
  • Offers new insights into children’s communication as they move from home into wider society, highlighting how this is expressed in different cultural contexts

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If you are into using Conversation Analysis for Child Language, this is a 'must' read. It covers not only typical but also atypical children. The CA methodology, as the chapters in this book has shown, is used by sociologists, clinical psychologists, anthropologists, linguists, etc. The foreward written by Lieven is also fantastic. The only thing I will have to say is the breadth of the topics - so far child conversation has very much focused on repairs and how children display intersubjective understanding. I'd love to see wider range of topics done in the future covering more acquisitional aspects. 

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About the author (2009)

Hilary Gardner is a lecturer in Human Communication Sciences at Sheffield University, UK, and has worked as a speech and language therapist with children for over 30 years.

Michael Forrester is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Kent, UK. Previous publications include the Development of Young Children’s Social-Cognitive Skills and Psychology of Language.

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