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The art of read-aloud, body language and identity construction: A multimodal interactional analysis of interaction between parent, child and picture book

Journal article
Authors Margaretha Häggström
Published in International Journal of Language Studies
Volume 14
Issue 1
Pages 117-140
ISSN 2157-4898
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 117-140
Language en
Keywords Body Language; Identity Production; Picture Book; Read-Aloud; Social Interaction; Multimodality
Subject categories Languages and Literature, Educational Sciences, Pedagogical Work


The aim of this study is to explore how different semiotic resources are used and shaped by and within social interaction during read-aloud situations between one parent and two children. The study is based on multimodal interaction analysis and the data is based on six read-aloud occasions with one parent and two children during a period of two weeks. The point of departure is the interaction between the children, the parent and the book, focusing on the semiotic resources the participants use in relation to the reader’s performance and the children’s identity production. The results highlight the impact of the reader and the importance of the reader’s approach and skills. The results also show that when children are asked to take part in conversations and participate on their own terms, the read-aloud occasion can offer a significant arena for children’s identity production.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-03-31