David Pagmar


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Works at Department of Linguistics
Visiting address Universitetsvägen 10 C, plan 2-3
Room C 239
Postal address Institutionen för lingvistik 106 91 Stockholm

About me

David is a PhD-student, working within the field of first language aqcuisition. His main interests are pragmatic development and the philosophy of language.



A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2016. David Pagmar, Tove Gerholm, Bernhard Wälchli.

    In this study, young children’s development of speech acts was examined. Interaction between six Swedish-speaking parents and their children was observed. The frequency, form and distribution of speech acts in the output from the parents were compared with the frequency, form and distribution of the children’s speech acts. The frequency was measured by occurrences per analysed session. The aim of the analysis was to examine if the parent’s behaviour could be treated as a baseline for the child’s development. Both the parents’ and the children’s illocutionary speech acts were classified. Each parent-child dyad was observed at four different occasions, when the children were 1;0, 1;6, 2;0, and 2;6 years of age. Similar studies have previously shown that parents keep a consistent frequency of speech acts within a given time span of interaction, though the distribution of different types of speech acts may shift, depending on contextual factors. The form, in terms of Mean Length of Speech Act in Words (MLSAw), were correlated with the longitudinal result of the children’s MLSAw. The distribution of the parents’ speech acts showed extensive individual differences. The result showed that the children’s MLSAw move significantly closer the MLSAw of their parents. Since the parent’s MLSAw showed a wide distribution, these results indicate that the parent’s speech acts can be treated as a baseline for certain aspects of the children’s development, though further studies are needed.

  • 2016. Tove Gerholm, David Pagmar.
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Last updated: February 12, 2018

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