Young children’s multimodal and collaborative tellings in family and preschool interaction


  • Matthew Burdelski Osaka University
  • Ann-Carita Evaldsson Uppsala University



children, storytelling, narrative, families, preschool, multimodality, gesture

Author Biographies

Matthew Burdelski, Osaka University

Matthew Burdelski is currently professor of applied Japanese linguistics at Osaka University (formerly a visiting assistant professor at Swarthmore College). His research focuses on Japanese and US classrooms and families, utilizing conversation analysis and language socialization to investigate adult–child and children’s interactions in Japanese as a first, second and heritage language. His papers have appeared in The Handbook of Language Socialization, Language in Society (co-authored), Linguistics and Education, Research on Language and Social Interaction (co-authored), and Journal of Pragmatics.

Ann-Carita Evaldsson, Uppsala University

Ann-Carita Evaldsson is professor of education at Uppsala University. Her research combines ethnographic studies with ethnomethodological conversational analysis to investigate children’s everyday lives, peer language practices and language socialization across culturally diverse settings. Recent papers explore how children accomplish identities-in-interaction (gender, class, ethnicity, disability); multilingual practices and; the moral character of affect and stance in both child and adult controlled contexts (Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, Journal of Pragmatics, Linguistics and Education, Research on Language and Social Interaction, Routledge Handbook of Language and Identity).


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How to Cite

Burdelski, M., & Evaldsson, A.-C. (2019). Young children’s multimodal and collaborative tellings in family and preschool interaction. Research on Children and Social Interaction, 3(1-2), 1-5.