Generating morality in directive sequences: Distinctive strategies for developing communicative competence in Japanese caregiver–child interactions
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Highlights•Caregiver often modulates the intensity of directives to regulate child’s behavior.•The caregiver also effectively uses reported speech when issuing modified directives.•Reacting to directives the child often attempts to change the frame of conversation.•While pursuing this, the child often cites involvement in a pro-moral activity.•These strategies were induced by the structural requirements of conversation.

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