Narrative insights from 6-7-year-old Greek-Albanian children

Maria Andreou, Ianthi Maria Tsimpli, Anila Kananaj, Enkeleida Kapia

Abstract


This study reports on the experimental investigation of narrative production by 6-7 year-old typically developing Greek-Albanian children. The aim is to examine bilingual production in story Telling and story Retelling in order to investigate the role of priming reference tracking but also lexical and grammatical aspects of narrative production. Studies employing story Retelling techniques report a positive effect of priming reference in production (Hendrickson & Shapiro 2001). The results of the investigation suggest that the children’s performance improved in Retelling on micro- and macrostructure in L1 and L2. Reference tracking also improves in the Retelling condition, more evidently in the dominant (Greek) than in the weaker language of the bilingual child.

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bilingual children, narratives, Telling, Retelling, microstructure, macrostructure, character reference

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