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Microgenesis of language creativity: Innovation, conformity and incongruence in children's language play
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Child Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4580-3002
2017 (English)In: Language sciences (Oxford), ISSN 0388-0001, E-ISSN 1873-5746, Vol. 64Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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The study examines young children's engagement in language creativity, in this instance, spontaneous language play. It presents an analysis of peer group interaction in a multilingual preschool setting for 3- to 6-year-olds in Sweden. Combining video-ethnography and detailed interactional analysis, it explores the interactional organization, textual features, evaluative/affective stances and social functions that characterize language play. The theoretical perspective draws on interactional sociolinguistics and the Vygotskian (2004) notion that imagination and creativity are built on patterning (i.e., recognizability), innovative transformations and manipulations of prior materials, experiences and understandings. Here, creativity is shown to be a collective and normatively guided process: it is located in peer group collaborative performances, and involves peer group language, affective and aesthetic socialization. The analysis shows that children's spontaneous language play is characterized by an aesthetic in which that which is incongruent, unexpected and also recognizable is exploited and appreciated. It feeds on the ongoing tension between predictability (routine of culturally recognizable activities) and the novelty/improvisational character of in situperformance. Creative language use serves as a multifaceted locus for aesthetic, affective and normative (ideological) stance taking and mutual socialization. Through their performances, the children socialize each other into sensitivity to what kind of contributions constitute valued verbal genres of the peer group culture.

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Pergamon Press, 2017. Vol. 64
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Language play, Creativity, Child interaction, Repetition, Performance
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-142086DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2017.01.007Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85021361082OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-142086DiVA: diva2:1151083
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Communicating emotions, embodying morality
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Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-10-21 Created: 2017-10-21 Last updated: 2017-10-27Bibliographically approved

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