Developing Narrative Comprehension

Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives

ORCID logoUte Bohnacker | Uppsala University
ORCID logoNatalia Gagarina | Leibniz-ZAS | Uppsala University
ISBN 9789027208088 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260345 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Comprehension of texts and understanding of questions is a cornerstone of successful human communication. Whilst reading comprehension has been thoroughly investigated in the last decade, there is surprisingly little research on children’s comprehension of picture stories, particularly for bilinguals. This can be partially explained by the lack of cross-culturally robust, cross-linguistic instruments targeting early narration. This book presents an inference-based model of narrative comprehension and a tool that grew out of a large-scale European project on multilingualism. Covering a range of language settings, the book uses the Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives to answer the question which narrative comprehension skills (bilingual) children can be expected to master at a certain age, and explores how such comprehension is affected (or not affected) by linguistic and extra-linguistic factors. Linking theory to method, the book will appeal to researchers in linguistics and psychology and graduate students interested in narrative, multilingualism, and language acquisition.
[Studies in Bilingualism, 61] 2020.  vii, 341 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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Bohnacker, Ute & Josefin Lindgren
2021. MAIN story comprehension. In Language Impairment in Multilingual Settings [Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 29],  pp. 14 ff. DOI logo
Dunlop, William L. & Michelle M. Sarraf
2021. Becoming the Storyteller: Mapping Narrative Comprehension throughout Childhood Nonverbally. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior 45:3  pp. 409 ff. DOI logo
Gagarina, Natalia & Ute Bohnacker
2022. A new perspective on referentiality in elicited narratives: Introduction to the Special Issue. First Language 42:2  pp. 171 ff. DOI logo
Gagarina, Natalia, Sveta Fichman, Elena Galkina, Ekaterina Protassova, Natalia Ringblom & Yulia Rodina
2021. How oral texts are organized in monolingual and heritage Russian. In Language Impairment in Multilingual Settings [Trends in Language Acquisition Research, 29],  pp. 48 ff. DOI logo
2022. The development of narrative skills in monolingual Swedish-speaking children aged 4 to 9: a longitudinal study. Journal of Child Language 49:6  pp. 1281 ff. DOI logo

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