The Coordination of Talk and Touch in Adults Directives to Children: Touch and Social Control
2015 (English)In: Research on Language and Social Interaction, ISSN 0835-1813, E-ISSN 1532-7973, Vol. 48, no 2, 152-175 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Adults sometimes accompany the directives they issue to children about their actions and movements with bodily contact (for example, shoving, guiding, or pushing). This article explores the interactional uses and meanings of such combinations of spoken directive and bodily contact that involves touch in data from families and primary educational settings in Sweden. The focus is on how the timing and coordination of haptics (communicative acts of touch), speech, and contextual factors produce communicative meanings. Findings reveal how touch and talk are synchronized to achieve the childs compliance to directives. Laminated (that is, multimodal) directives combine concurrent use of imperatives with adults own haptic acts, signaling and enforcing the onset and/or trajectory of the required movement. They constitute the prevalent pattern of use, as compared to the use of control touch without accompanying verbalization. Haptic control formats are usually responsive to the child recipients noncompliant responses. The data are in Swedish with English translation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor andamp; Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles , 2015. Vol. 48, no 2, 152-175 p.
Other Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-118249DOI: 10.1080/08351813.2015.1025501ISI: 000354174000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-118249DiVA: diva2:813536
Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council (VR)2015-05-222015-05-222015-06-02