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From shrieks to "Stupid poo": emotive language in a developmental perspective
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7095-0525
2018 (English)In: Text & Talk, ISSN 1860-7330, E-ISSN 1860-7349, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 137-165Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this paper is to highlight and describe the forms of verbal emotive utterances that appeared in a longitudinal corpus of 11 Swedish children interacting with parents, siblings and friends. The children were in the ages 0;9 to 5;10 and were recorded four to six times during a two-year period. The verbal emotive expressions of the material are divided into the categories Descriptive versus Accompanying utterances. Descriptive utterances are emotive mainly from semantic conventions, whereas Accompanying utterances are emotive due to prosodic and contextual traits. The categories are illustrated and related to conventions, language development and cognitive growth. By classifying and labeling verbal expressions as emotive in different ways, it is argued that we can gain a better understanding of how language is used when intertwined with emotions, but also that we access a way to compare and investigate emotive language in a more thorough manner.

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2018. Vol. 38, no 2, p. 137-165
Keyword [en]
language acquisition, emotive expressions, interaction, development, multimodality
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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General Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-153835DOI: 10.1515/text-2017-0036ISI: 000426249600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-153835DiVA, id: diva2:1188226
Available from: 2018-03-07 Created: 2018-03-07 Last updated: 2018-04-03Bibliographically approved

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