Charting out the linguistic underpinnings of narrative abilities
What enables kids to tell stories?
Having trouble narrating stories and events is a typical sign of suffering from language difficulties, according to speech and language therapists and teachers. The examination of narrative abilities is at the core of diagnosis and intervention but little is established on the precise markers that determine narrative ability. This project focuses on establishing the pathway of acquisition of the linguistic gears of narrative structure: temporal and information structure. Both rest on specific elements (verbal morphology, syntactic structure, word order) that can serve as tangible indicators to plot narrative ability, giving precise testing grounds to assessment materials.
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