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Children's Voices: Talk, Knowledge and Identity / Edition 1

Children's Voices: Talk, Knowledge and Identity / Edition 1

by J. Maybin


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Children's Voices: Talk, Knowledge and Identity / Edition 1

Children's Voices shows how children at the brink of adolescence use collaborative verbal strategies, stories of personal experience and the reworked voices of others to investigate their social world and forge their own identities. Drawing on linguistic ethnography and poststructuralist theory, Janet Maybin develops an analytic approach which can unpick the dynamic complexity of children's different uses of talk across the school day.

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ISBN-13: 9781403933300
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/01/2005
Edition description: 2006
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

JANET MAYBIN is a Senior Lecturer in Language and Communication at the Open University, U.K. She has written extensively for Open University courses on language, literacy, and learning, and also researches and writes on children's and adults' informal language and literacy practices. She originally trained as a social anthropologist.

Table of Contents

Transcription Conventionsx
Focussing on the margins1
Conceptualising voice and meaning-making2
Outline of the chapters6
Chapter 1Setting the Scene9
Shifting the lens11
The researcher in the data13
From context to contextualisation17
From dialogue to dialogicality21
Evaluation, socialisation and identity25
Towards a more dynamic language of description29
Chapter 2Context, Genre and Frames32
Switching contexts34
The generic production of meaning36
The intertextual construction of the present43
Microcontexts: manipulating frames47
Chapter 3Dialogue and Collaboration: Girls and Boys54
The duet of friendship56
Producing unformalised knowledge in group talk63
Gender, communicative style and identity70
Chapter 4Reported Voices and Evaluation75
Representing voices: grammatical and other cues77
Invoking and evaluating people79
Recreating events84
Evaluation in projected speech and reported thought90
Chapter 5Articulating Dialogue: Agency and Gender in Children's Anecdotes96
Representing experience and exploring the self97
Three levels of narrative meaning98
Indexicalisation and dialogic relationships102
Chapter 6Narrative Reflections and Moral Complexities115
Articulating moral stances116
Beleaguered positions122
Divided loyalties130
Chapter 7Schooled Voices140
A framework for understanding reproduced voices142
Repetition and appropriation in teacher-pupil dialogue145
Reproducing authoritative voices: appropriation and styling152
Framing work and play154
Chapter 8Official and Unofficial Literacies160
Official literacy: power, procedure and product163
Hybrid practices166
Unofficial literacy174
Personal writing: identity and regulation177

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