The Multimodal Representational Characteristics of Mandarin Children’s Disagreement —— A Case Study Based on Diachronic Videos
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 8, Issue 3, May 2020, Pages: 115-121
Received: May 8, 2020;
Accepted: Jun. 4, 2020;
Published: Jun. 15, 2020
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Rongbin Wang, School of Foreign Languages, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Rui Zhang, School of Foreign Languages, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, China
Based on a case study, this research collects naturally happened videos of one mandarin-speaking child during the period of her 1.5-3.5 years old, and makes a thorough study of the multimodal representational characteristics of disagreement of this child from the perspective of Multimodal Discourse Analysis. Within a data corpus constituted by 80 hours’ video-recorded life traces of a pre-school child, a corpus of 114 cases of disagreement was selected for a qualitative analysis through the Elan software. It is shown that mandarin-speaking children of this age period usually conduct multimodal communicative behaviors when they are expressing disagreement, the modal forms of which include verbal disagreement, nonverbal disagreement, verbal-nonverbal disagreement. To be more specific, verbal-nonverbal disagreement involves two kinds of modal interactional relationships: equivalent and complementary with the latter containing reinforced and non-reinforced cases. Through this research, parents and early educational staffs are suggested to pay more attention on children’s multimodal expressions on the one hand and to employ more non-verbal resources in interacting with young children on the other hand. What’s more, the point of individual differences of children is a time-consuming but simultaneously a noteworthy one for both parents and preschool teachers. The results of this study bring further light on the knowledge of early education and parental involvement.
The Multimodal Representational Characteristics of Mandarin Children’s Disagreement —— A Case Study Based on Diachronic Videos, International Journal of Language and Linguistics.
Vol. 8, No. 3,
2020, pp. 115-121.
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