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ERIC Number: ED467864
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 12
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An Exploratory Comparison of Oral Narrative Styles in Korea and the U.S.
Ko, Jungmin
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v4 n1 p21-30 Fall 1999
This exploratory study compares the narratives of three Korean speakers living in the United States with those of two native English speakers. The subjects viewed the film, "The Red Balloon," and were given three tasks: to recount the events in the movie, to describe what they would relate to their friends about the movie, and to describe what they saw as they simultaneously watched the movie a second tine. The study shows that the subjects interpreted and reproduced narratives from different genres in different ways. Within any given genre, however, the native and nonnative speakers responded similarly. Exceptions include conventionalized ways of opening and closing a narrative, tense usage, narrative length, and the handling of culturally significant lexical items. In addition, nonnative speakers spent more time organizing their thoughts and used metacognitive processing actively to plan what they could say and to minimize errors. (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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