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
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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.
Mandarin-speaking Children, Disagreement, Multimodal Discourse Analysis, Diachronic Videos Study
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Rongbin Wang, Rui Zhang, 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. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20200803.14
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