“Te explicó qué quiere decir”, “te digo cómo se llama”. Interacciones niño-niño en torno a vocabulario no familiar


  • Florencia Alam Universidad de Buenos Aires y CONICET
  • Alejandra Stein Universidad de Buenos Aires y CONICET
  • Celia Renata Rosemberg Universidad de Buenos Aires y CONICET


This study aims to analyze the conversational movements use by twelve-year-old children to explain vocabulary in reading and writing situations with 4-year-old children. These situations were video recorded in a school where a child tutor program was held. The program was implemented in schools attended by children and adolescents from urban-marginalized backgrounds in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The data analysed in this paper includes 50 tutoring situations. The unit of analysis consists of exchanges in which the older child explains one or more words to the younger one or tries to elicit a precise word. The data analysis followed a qualitative procedure that combines the constant comparative method (Glaser y Strauss, 1967; Strass y Corbin, 1991) with conversational analysis (Goodwin, 2000). Findings showed that in these situations the older children rely not just on linguistic information but also on other semiotic fields.



Interaction analysis, vocabulary acquisition


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Author Biographies

Florencia Alam, Universidad de Buenos Aires y CONICET

Florencia Alam es licenciada en Letras por la Universidad de Buenos Aires. Actualmente cursa la Maestría en Análisis del Discurso y el Doctorado en Educación, ambos en la Universidad de Buenos Aires, con una beca doctoral del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas en Argentina (CONICET).

Alejandra Stein, Universidad de Buenos Aires y CONICET

Alejandra Stein es doctora en Ciencias del Lenguaje por la Universidad de Córdoba. Actualmente realiza su post doctorado con una beca del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas en Argentina (CONICET).

Celia Renata Rosemberg, Universidad de Buenos Aires y CONICET

Celia Renata Rosemberg es investigadora independiente del Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas en Argentina (CONICET) y Profesora Adjunta concursada en la Universidad de Buenos Aires.




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