Fantasy and double-play amongst Huli children

Goldman, Laurence and Emmison, Michael (1996) Fantasy and double-play amongst Huli children. Text and Talk, 16 1: 23-60. doi:10.1515/text.1.1996.16.1.23

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Author Goldman, Laurence
Emmison, Michael
Title Fantasy and double-play amongst Huli children
Journal name Text and Talk   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1860-7330
1860-7349
Publication date 1996
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1515/text.1.1996.16.1.23
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 23
End page 60
Total pages 38
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publisher De Gruyter Mouton
Language eng
Abstract This paper explores the nature of conversational exchange in sociodramatic play amongst Huli (Papua New Guinea) children. When engaged in such verbal fantasy play children frequently pattern or overlay their talk with a storytelling genre (bi te) ordinarily employed in the recounting of myths, folktales and legends. Because children in fantasy play are invoking such genre conventions outside of their normal context they indulge in what we refer to as 'double-play'. They create make-believe interaction and then 'play' again with their artefact by collaboratively constituting it as a simulated 'mythological narrative'. To understand such play processes our analysis develops a typology of utterance moves for such interaction and considers the incidence and implications of associated grammatical forms. It is further argued that important insights into the cognitive models children have of pretend playing can be gained through comparison of transcript data of both elicited - as when actors pretend to pretend - and naturally occurring symbolic play.
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