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ERIC Number: EJ1122630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-0009
A Cross-Linguistic Study of the Development of Gesture and Speech in Zulu and French Oral Narratives
Nicolas, Ramona Kunene; Guidetti, Michele; Colletta, Jean-Marc
Journal of Child Language, v44 n1 p36-62 Jan 2017
The present study reports on a developmental and cross-linguistic study of oral narratives produced by speakers of Zulu (a Bantu language) and French (a Romance language). Specifically, we focus on oral narrative performance as a bimodal (i.e., linguistic and gestural) behaviour during the late language acquisition phase. We analyzed seventy-two oral narratives produced by L1 Zulu and French adults and primary school children aged between five and ten years old. The data were all collected using a narrative retelling task. The results revealed a strong effect of age on discourse performance, confirming that narrative abilities improve with age, irrespective of language. However, the results also showed cross-linguistic differences. Zulu oral narratives were longer, more detailed, and accompanied by more co-speech gestures than the French narratives. The parallel effect of age and language on gestural behaviour is discussed and highlights the importance of studying oral narratives from a multimodal perspective within a cross-linguistic framework.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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