Bensalah, Amina
December 2010
Alfa: Revista de Lingüística;2010, Vol. 54 Issue 2, p381
Academic Journal
The analysis focuses on very ordinary oral language and non-verbal production between adults and very young children aged under two years. In articulating the concepts of the evocation of the absent and the already-there concepts that emphasize the process of a «temporal-spatiality» I problematize the genesis of a self as an object which reveals itself through discursive activity. My hypothesis is that, for the very young child who cannot self-thematized, or refer to himself explicitly, it is in the evocation of others and other objects of the world, indirectly that he «talks» of himself. Three factors support my endeavor to deal with the issues raised: the notions of temporality, spatiality and affect. These features are clearly present in the initiatives and demand in the «pre-narrative» sequences produced by the child. In view of the corpus, these three concepts seem to me inseparable from the place where they are anchored, namely the interaction and dialogue with the other. The approach adopted in the analysis to argue the idea of an expression of «talk about self» by the very young child, is not so much of a strictly linguistic type as of a pragmatic type. I analyze as well the reciprocal effects between the interaction and the exchanges that shape it.


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