Narrative Development in a Multilingual Context
In this volume, the results of a number of empirical studies of the development of narrative construction within a multilingual context are presented and discussed. It is explored what operating principles underlie the process of narrative production in L1 and L2. Developmental relations between form and function will be studied across a broad range of functional categories, such as temporality, perspective, connectivity, and narrative coherence. Moreover, a variety of language contact situations is considered with broad variation in the typological distances between the languages in order to enable cross-linguistic comparison. The analysis of learner data in various cross-linguistic settings may thus offer new information on the role of the structural properties of unrelated languages on the process of narrative acquisition. In the present volume, an attempt is also made to find out how transfer from one language to the other is facilitated. Finally, the effects of input on narrative construction in children’s first and second language are examined in several studies.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 23] 2001. viii, 431 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Table of Contents
1. Development of narrative production in multilingual contextLudo Verhoeven and Sven Strömqvist | p. 1
2. Temporality and language contact in narratives by children bilingual in Norwegian and EnglishElizabeth Lanza | p. 15
3. Reference continuation in L2 narratives of Turkish adolescents in NorwayIngvild Nistov | p. 51
4. Age-related and L2-related features in bilingual narrative development in SwedenÅke Viberg | p. 87
5. Sociocultural aspects of bilingual narrative developmen in SwedenSally Boyd and Kerstin Nauclér | p. 129
6. The development of co-constructed narratives by Turkish children in GermanyCarol W. Pfaff | p. 153
7. Influence of L1 Turkish on L2 French narrativesMehmet-Ali Akinci, Harriet Jisa and Sophie Kern | p. 189
8. Development of temporal relations in narratives by Turkish–Dutch bilingual childrenJeroen Aarssen | p. 209
9. Temporality issues in Moroccan Arabic and DutchPetra Bos | p. 233
10. Bilingual narrative development in Papiamento and DutchRia Severing and Ludo Verhoeven | p. 255
11. Linguistic features of Spanish-Hebrew children’s narrativesJudy Kupersmitt and Ruth A. Berman | p. 277
12. Narrative development in Hebrew and EnglishDorit Kaufman | p. 319
13. Trilingual children narrating in Hebrew, English and SpanishAnat Stavans | p. 341
14. Logic and mind in Spanish – English children’s narrativesBarbara Zurer Pearson | p. 373
15. From affect to language: development of evaluation in narratives in spoken English and American Sign LanguageJudy Reilly | p. 399
16. Narrative development in multilingual contexts: A cross-linguistic perspectiveRuth A. Berman | p. 419
Index | p. 429
“Verhoeven and Strömqvist’s purpose to open up new perspectives in the study of narrative development in a multilingual context is certainly accomplished in their book. Their volume is a highly valuable, rich, and thoughtful collection of inspiring empirical studies, and the work captured in this volume will be an excellent point of reference for future investigations of the development of text production, including narrative discourse, in multilingual contexts.”
Janet G. van Hell, University of Nijmegen, in International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism 6(5), 2003
“Although its key readership is researchers and educators in the fields of bilingualism and child language development, this volume will also be of interest to language educators and scholars in second language acquisition because it foregrounds the complex nature of narrative competence, highlights cross-linguistic differences in narrative construction, an offers intriguing directions we can take to examine the development of narrative competence in adult L2 users.”
Aneta Pavlenko, Temple University, in The Modern Language Journal 88 (2004)
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