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Revista Brasileira de Linguística Aplicada

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MEDEIROS, Neilson Alves de. Language games in child's speech: implications for the development of oral literacy. Rev. bras. linguist. apl. [online]. 2012, vol.12, n.4, pp.747-762.  Epub Sep 18, 2012. ISSN 1984-6398.

This paper aims to discuss the role that language games play in the development of oral textual genres, which could also guide the insertion of child into literacy practices. In order to do that, we will discuss the concept of language games, textual genres and genre systems, trying to identify, in these phenomena, the various ways to access literacy as a multidimensional process. Thus, we adopt a qualitative approach, observing data from a corpus obtained in a kindergarten classroom, with children aged 4 years old. Results highlight the existence of language games in oral textual genres in the classroom situations. It implies that literacy practices demand the use of language games, for they allow diversity of forms to use language.

Keywords : language games; oral textual genres; literacy.

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