Children&#8217;s use of English <i>we</i> in a primary school in Wales

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Children have their own culture (Corsaro 1985; Corsaro and Eder 1990) where they initiate rules and make these rules legal in the co-construction of their everyday lives (Bateman 2011; Cobb-Moore, Danby and Farrel 2008; Tholander and Cromdal 2011). Recent research demonstrates that children use the term <i>we</i> in their play in order to establish friendships (Bateman 2012). The children&#8217;s use of the term <i>we</i> is now further explored to reveal its referential flexibility and how young children gain intersubjectivity regarding who the collection of people are when <i>we</i> is asserted. This is accomplished through an investigation into the positioning of the collective proterm <i>we</i> and the tied action of an assertion of <i>we</i> with a category bound activity.


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