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By Jean Quigley

This is often the 1st booklet to assemble 4 special literatures--functional linguistics, baby language, narrative improvement, and discursive psychology. it's an outgrowth of the historic courting among psychology and linguistics, specially the post-Wittgensteinian "turn to language." suitable concerns are located at that interface in a manner that are supposed to turn out available to either linguists with very little mental wisdom and to psychologists without linguistics historical past are addressed. formerly, there were volumes at the theses of discursive psychology and social constructionism and volumes at the workings and theories of sensible linguistics, yet none have tried to hyperlink the 2 as usual bedfellows during this approach. whereas essentially positioned in the spirit of the Berkeley institution, it is going past it by way of advantage of linking sensible linguistics and discursive psychology, and by means of doing this ontogenetically. total, this booklet is an research of the psycholinguistic thesis of the social building of selfhood and the psychology of lifestyle. that includes the one book-length reviews of using grammatical research as a examine approach in psychology, it integrates problems with human improvement and baby language in a brand new approach. It offers in cautious linguistic analyses, studying the function of grammatical types in constituting context which consists of an exam in their services which are then used to focus on basic features of improvement. The linguistic analyses are taken care of as a trying out floor for the guidelines and claims made in discursive psychology. The dialogue offers with a few of the present matters in psychology and similar disciplines, together with narrative, morality, corporation, and accountability, with a view to express the primary function of language in human functioning.

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Part I is a detailed grammatical analysis of the patterns and occasions of use of the modal auxiliaries in the children's autobiographical narratives. Part II looks at the range of co-occurring grammatical features relevant to self-construction and presentation. The particular forms chosen for analysis reveal the ways in which different grammatical options and choices function for children to allow them to situate narrative events (and the self) in time, in space, and in relation to each other.

In short, the aim is to organize this analysis of the children's discourse around a central set of concepts (and a set of speaker locations: spatial, temporal, moral, and social) that it is argued, make up the sense of self, including the concepts of agency, continuity, distinctness, and reflexivity. The point then becomes to explore the relation between the interpersonal discourse function of the targeted forms and their meanings from a functional perspective. Overview The first chapter situates the discussion in relation to psychological and linguistic approaches to discourse that recognize the constitutive use of particular linguistic forms in context.

Viii-xi, 85-88). The focus is on grammatical or linguistic forms in the context of autobiographical discourse, specifically, the development and use of the English modal auxiliaries, can, could, will, would, may, must, might, shall, should, ought in conjunction with other co-occurring grammatical constructions. The aim is to describe and to account for the role of these constructions within autobiographical narratives that, it is claimed, the modal auxiliaries actually help to bring about. The domain being investigated is grammar for autobiographical discourse or narratives.

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