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Nguyen, Hanh Thi and Minh Thi Thuy Nguyen. 2016. “But please can I play with the iPad?”: The development of request negotiation practices by a four-year-old child. Journal of Pragmatics 101 : 66–82.
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Employing conversation analysis to trace a four-year-old child's development of request negotiation practices over twelve months, this study shows that the child learned to bring about, phrase, and rephrase requests in ways that displayed enhanced reactivity to the recipient and the sequential context as well as to his own prerogative and the request’s eventuality. The results add to research on child language socialization by pointing out children’s possible active role in co-constructing interaction.