Building discourse relations: the use of requests in a boys' peer group
Chapman, Holli Renee
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Research in sociolinguistics has revealed that social experience is shaped for and by children in their acts of speech (Cook-Gumperz & Corsaro 1986). Through verbal and non-verbal communication, children build their relationships with their peers during face-to-face interactions. Thus, evidence of the social organization of children can be found in their language. This study explored the discourse relationships between a group of boys in Atlanta, Georgia. Specifically, it focused on how these children expressed dominance through their language by using requests. It also examined the variables which contribute to the social structure of any interaction. These include age, location, activity, and familiarity. Additionally, this study explored the role politeness plays in choosing a request form.