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"El nen s'ha menjat una aranya": The development of narratives in Catalan speaking children

Caballero, M., Aparici, M., Sanz-Torrent, M. , Herman, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-5732-9999, Jones, A. & Morgan, G. ORCID: 0000-0002-9495-1274 (2020). "El nen s'ha menjat una aranya": The development of narratives in Catalan speaking children. Journal of Child Language, 47(5), pp. 1030-1051. doi: 10.1017/s0305000920000057


The production of a well-constructed narrative is the culmination of several years of language acquisition and is an important milestone in children's development. There is no current description of narrative development for Catalan speaking children. This study collected elicited narratives in Catalan from 118 children aged 4;0-10;11. Narratives were scored for macrostructure and microstructure. Narrative scores improved with age with maximum performance for macrostructure by 9 years. Children's ability to use micro-structural components of Catalan is variable with some developments continuing beyond 9 years. The results are discussed in relation to theoretical arguments about universal and specific features of narrative development. We conclude by highlighting the usefulness of the new test for future language assessment of children acquiring Catalan.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DP Spain
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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