Eilittä, T., Haddington, P., & Vatanen, A. (2021). Children seeking the driver’s attention in cars: Position and composition of children’s summons turns and children’s rights to engage. Journal of Pragmatics, 178, 175–191. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2021.03.005
Children seeking the driver’s attention in cars : position and composition of children’s summons turns and children’s rights to engage
|Author:||Eilittä, Tiina1; Haddington, Pentti2; Vatanen, Anna2|
1University of Oulu, Research Unit for Languages and Literature, Faculty of Humanities, English Philology, P.O.Box 1000, FI-90014, Finland
2University of Oulu, Finland
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|Persistent link:|| http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe2021043028124
|Publish Date:|| 2021-04-30
This paper explores the topic of children having restricted rights to engage in conversation with adults in multiparty interactions. Drawing on the principles of conversation analysis, and 7 h of video-recorded Finnish and English naturally occurring in-car family interactions, our focus is on moments when a child summons the driver while the driver is driving and having a conversation with another passenger. We suggest that the composition and position of the child’s summons relative to other ongoing conversations play a crucial role in whether the child receives a response, or whether the summons will be ignored or suspended by the driver. Positioning and designing summonses in different ways is a resource for the child to exert agency and mobilize a response from the driver to different degrees, which affects the child’s likelihood of entering in interaction with the driver at that moment. The analysis suggests that children cannot be a priori determined to have (or not to have) certain kinds of speaking rights; instead, the “right” to engage in a conversation is contingent and situated, (re)negotiated and accomplished in situ. Finally, summons-answer sequences provide adults a resource for socializing children into the regularities of turn allocation and turn distribution.
Journal of pragmatics
|Pages:||175 - 191|
|Type of Publication:||
A1 Journal article – refereed
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Project “iTask: Linguistic and embodied features of interactional multitasking”, funded by the Eudaimonia Institute of University of Oulu and the Academy of Finland (project number: 287219).
|Academy of Finland Grant Number:||
287219 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).