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Frick, M., & Palola, E. (2022). Deontic Autonomy in Family Interaction: Directive Actions and the Multimodal Organization of Going to the Bathroom. Social Interaction. Video-Based Studies of Human Sociality, 5(1).

Deontic autonomy in family interaction : directive actions and the multimodal organization of going to the bathroom

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Author: Frick, Maria1; Palola, Elina1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Royal Danish Library, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-04-19


The multimodal conversation analysis in this paper shows how an au pair and a mother use several turns consisting of various bodily and multilingual elements to persuade a 5-year-old to go to the bathroom. We examine the participants’ orientation to the child’s deontic autonomy; that is, his right to determine his own actions. The analysis shows that although the au pair and child disagree on whether the child should go to the bathroom, they both orient to the same norms of interaction and the norm of deontic autonomy more specifically.

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Series: Social interaction. Video-based studies of human sociality
ISSN: 2446-3620
ISSN-E: 2446-3620
ISSN-L: 2446-3620
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
DOI: 10.7146/si.v5i2.130870
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
Copyright information: © 2022 Author and Journal. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.