An investigation of pragmatic connectives within preschool peer interactions

Tanya M. Gallagher, Holly K. Craig

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Interrelationships among social variables and the use of pragmatic connectives were examined in the dyadic and triadic play interactions of six 4-year-old children. Results indicated that most pragmatic connectives occurred as a link between speech acts that expressed play role or personal identification. Pragmatic connectives were not more frequent within triadic interactions for four of the children. Semantic, syntactic, and functional characteristics of pragmatic connectives are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-33,36-37
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence


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