Narrative Development in a Multilingual Context (Studies in by Ludo Verhoeven, Sven Strömqvist

By Ludo Verhoeven, Sven Strömqvist

During this quantity, the result of a couple of empirical stories of the advance of narrative development inside of a multilingual context are provided and mentioned. it's explored what working rules underlie the method of narrative construction in L1 and L2. Developmental kin among shape and serve as could be studied throughout a vast diversity of practical different types, reminiscent of temporality, viewpoint, connectivity, and narrative coherence. in addition, quite a few language touch occasions is taken into account with vast version within the typological distances among the languages as a way to let cross-linguistic comparability. The research of learner information in numerous cross-linguistic settings might hence provide new details at the function of the structural houses of unrelated languages at the technique of narrative acquisition. within the current quantity, an test can also be made to determine how move from one language to the opposite is facilitated. eventually, the consequences of enter on narrative development in children’s first and moment language are tested in different reviews.

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With a focus particularly on the expression of temporal relations in elicited narratives by bilingual children, comparisons were made with the narratives of monolingual children and adult speakers. Some developmental differences were noted in the three bilingual children aged 4;6, 6;10, and 8;8, particularly in comparison with the extensive work done on the monolingual English-speaking children reported on in Berman and Slobin (1994). Although the bilingual children did perform like the monolingual children of their respective languages in certain domains, they also seemed to perform differently from their monolingual peers in other domains.

The frog leaves the jar. The boy (and the dog) discover that the frog has gone. Initial search inside the house. The search continues outside (at least one attempt). The search continues throughout the story. The boy finds or takes a frog. The finding of the frog in the end is explicitly linked to the loss in the beginning. The narrators were given a score of 0 to 7 dependent upon how many of these components they referred to explicitly. In Table 6, we see which components, if any, were missing form the bilingual children’s narratives.

Kaja There is only one time in which Kaja actually mixes Norwegian into her story and this is in reference to the scene in which the deer throws the boy and the dog over the cliff — a scene which she quite clearly perceives as dramatic, and which represents a high point in her story. Although she does switch back into English, after having begun some utterances in Norwegian, Norwegian intonation prevails throughout the utterances. Up until this point, there were distinct traces of her mother’s regional American accent.

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