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By Janet Maybin (auth.)

Janet Maybin investigates how 10-12 year-olds use speak and literacy to build wisdom approximately their social worlds and themselves. She indicates how young children use collaborative verbal innovations, tales of non-public adventure and the remodeled voices of others to enquire the ethical order and forge their very own identities.

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The humorous stance and sparring, inventive banter Karen uses to invoke the interaction index the speech genre associated with boy-girl playful flirtation in group contexts. In the data more generally, I found Setting the Scene 21 that brief pieces of reported dialogue could invoke a rich array of associations and were used to represent people, relationships and whole scenarios. 12 These evaluative positions, in fact, are central to the point which the child is intending to make: children’s use of contextualisation is always connected in some way with taking up an evaluative perspective.

Oh mummy, mummy, meet my new friend, my new friend’. ’ Oh well Cinderella Cinderella was really really frightened so she ran back home as fast /Mummy! ’ /Mummy! /’Mummy mummy mummy mummy’ and all that night and all that day the Cinderella was frightened. One night when she was fast asleep Cinderella woke up in surprise. Oh! ’ Oh! in a very loud voice. Her mum and dad run in, all the servants run in as well. 4 – continued Josie Michelle Josie 45 Michelle (gasp) (Dramatic voice) In amaze she screamed (screams) and the two dragons got buried that next morning and never was seen again.

Because a projected identity has to be Setting the Scene 27 perceived and accepted by others in order to have saliency, Jenkins suggests that identities are ‘to be found and negotiated at their boundaries, where the internal and external meet (p. 24). Within Julie’s anecdote, for instance, Julie represents this kind of boundary negotiation going on between her internal sense of herself and her mother’s reaction. Julie’s presentation of herself to Kirsty and Sharon emerges both through her production of the anecdote in the context of a particular dialogue, and through their responses to this presentation.

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