ERIC Number: ED288368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Conjunction in Children's Discourse.
In a study of young children's use of conjunction in narrative discourse, different types of discourse were collected from 34 preschool children: visually prompted stories, stories told without visual stimuli, responses to questions about the prompted stories, explanations of a game, and responses in interviews. The discourse was analyzed for the type and frequency of conjunctions used to connect full clauses and sentences. Results indicate that the children used sentential conjunctions, especially sequential temporal conjunctions, far more frequently in narratives than in conversations. This suggests that at least as early as age 4, children have a conception of narrative as a text type having a particular content and function and a particular linguistic form. They also appear to be aware of the crucially temporal nature of narrative, to feel that this temporal ordering should be linguistically encoded, and to know that the most economical and unambiguous way of encoding temporal order is to use temporal conjunctions. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Papers and Reports on Child Language Development, Volume 26; see FL 017 001.