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BELTRAO, Fernanda Rabelo de Carvalho  and  CARVALHO, Glória. The singularity of the otherness's role in language acquisition by sheltered children. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2008, vol.10, n.1, pp. 79-94. ISSN 1516-3687.

The interpretative activity of the otherness has an essencial role in language acquisition. Thus, from a interacionism of structuralist basis, this article seeks to discuss the singular role of a specific otherness - the caretaker - in the linguistic evolution of sheltered children. To reach this objective, it was made a longitudinal investigation, for 11 months, in a sheltering institution from FUNDAC/PE, having been the dialogues of three children with their respective responsible caretakers audio recorded. In the analysis of these dialogues, it was selected children' s verbal production which provoked amazement to the caretaker and/or to the researcher and it was also analyzed also how the caretaker answered this kind of verbal production. To highlight the singularity of the otherness/caretaker, were used dialogues between children and their mothers. The reached results suggest that the place of otherness, when taken by a caretaker, presents singularity marks that might be indicated by the manner of the otherness/caretaker relates to the infantile speaking, as, for example, the indifference attitude which, many times, that otherness has towards the children' s uncommon verbal production.

Keywords : Language acquisition; Otherness role; Unusual verbal production; Sheltered children.

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