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Tell me a story in English or Swedish: Narrative production and comprehension in bilingual preschoolers and first graders
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Linguistics and Philology.
2016 (English)In: Applied Psycholinguistics, ISSN 0142-7164, E-ISSN 1469-1817, Vol. 37, no 1, 19-48 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines macrostructural aspects of narrative skills in 52 bilingual Swedish- and English-speaking children age 5-7. Elicited fictional story production and comprehension tasks were administered in parallel fashion in both Swedish and English (Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives, MAIN, Gagarina et al., 2012). Scores on MAIN were compared across languages; moreover, story structure components in the narratives and answers to probe questions were qualitatively analyzed. Age effects (5-year-olds vs. 6-7-year-olds) for macrostructure production and narrative comprehension were evident, but no effect for language (Swedish/English). The results suggest that story structure is invariant across a bilingual child’s two languages at a given age, with similar awareness of the intentions and goal-directed behavior of the story protagonists, irrespective of language.

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2016. Vol. 37, no 1, 19-48 p.
Keyword [en]
child language, narrative, bilingualism, story grammar, preschool, Swedish, MAIN
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Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
Research subject
Linguistics; English; Scandinavian Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-277732DOI: 10.1017/S0142716415000405ISI: 000368762000003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-277732DiVA: diva2:905531
Swedish Research Council, VR 2013-1309
Available from: 2016-02-22 Created: 2016-02-22 Last updated: 2016-04-13Bibliographically approved

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