Multilingual repertoires at play: Structure and function in reported speech utterances of Alyawarr children

Multilingual repertoires at play: Structure and function in reported speech utterances of Alyawarr children Journal Article

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  • Author(s): Dixon, Sally
  • Published: 2021
  • Volume: 6
  • ISBN: 2226-471X

Abstract: While there is increasing international interest in approaching language analysis with the prism of repertoire, research on repertoire on the Australian continent is still very much in the shadow of “traditional” language-centric documentary work. This paper will explore the question of how users of Australian, English-lexified contact varieties exploit their multilingual repertoires to achieve local, conversation–organizational ends. Drawing upon a corpus of video recordings from Ipmangker, a Central Australian Aboriginal community, and using the analytical methods of interactional and comparative variationist linguistics, I examine the production of reported speech by four 6- to 7-year-old Alyawarr children in a play session at home. A set of prosodic, phonological, morphological and discourse-pragmatic features are shown to form a coherent set of linguistic elements with which these multilingual children can contrast reported speech from the surrounding talk. Moreover, the use of reported speech in play not only allows the children to organize their interaction, but responds to and constructs the epistemic landscape of play.

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Dixon, Sally, 2021, Multilingual repertoires at play: Structure and function in reported speech utterances of Alyawarr children, Volume:6, Journal Article, viewed 05 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=24816.

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