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Improvements in children's narratives: Adjustments to the listener's knowledge.

Abstract : Previous studies show that children, from 5-6 years on, improve the causal and evaluative structure of their narratives after participating in a dialogical intervention procedure with the experimenter. In the present study we consider improvements in children's narratives in relation to the degree of knowledge that 5-to-11 years old children share with their interlocutor. To this effect, 80 French-speaking children narrated a story on the basis of a sequence of five pictures centered on a misunderstanding before and after a conversation with the experimenter focused on the causes of events. Half of the children told the second story to the experimenter (an "informed listener") and the other half to an "uninformed listener". Results show that in the uninformed listener condition children make greater use of complex linguistic means like determinative relative clauses to identify the characters, pointing to the importance of social communicative considerations for stimulating children to draw from their resources.
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Edy Veneziano, Christian Hudelot, Laetitia Albert. Improvements in children's narratives: Adjustments to the listener's knowledge.. 17th European Conference on Reading: Literacy and Diversity. Mons, Belgique. 31 juillet -3 août., Jul 2011, Mons, Belgium. ⟨halshs-00634773⟩



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