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Promoting patients in narrative discourse: A developmental perspective

Par Harriet Jisa
Publié par Clifford Armion le 18/12/2009
En collaboration avec : Florence Chenu, Gabriella Fekete, Hayat Omar & Darine Saidi. Cette ressource a été publiée dans le cadre du colloque Aquisilyon, qui s'est tenu à Lyon les 3 et 4 décembre 2009.



Introduction : how to compare different languages 00:45
1. The story of the frog 13:13
2. Analysis 14:57
3. The domain of syntactic operations 23:14
Data compilation and conclusion 27:42

Languages provide speakers with a number of structural options for manipulating the expression of events in narrative discourse. Underlying narrative competence is the capacity to view events as dynamic actions composed of a bundle of elements such as, agent, patient, affectedness, etc. (Hopper & Thompson, 1980). This study examines the grammatical constructions used by children (5-6-, 7-8- and 10-11-year-olds) and adult speakers of Amharic, English, French and Hungarian to manipulate the expression of agent and patient participants in the expression of events. The narrative task used to elicit the data is composed of a series of pictures which recount the adventures of two principal characters (a boy and a dog) in search of their runaway frog (Frog, Where are you? Mayer 1969). Over the course of the story the boy and the dog encounter a host of secondary characters (a mole, an owl, a swarm of bees and a deer) and change participant status, going from controlling agent to affected patient of a secondary character's action. Our interest lies in the range of structures available in the languages studied and their use by children and adults in narrative discourse. We detail how children and adults native speakers of the four languages use topicalising constructions to promote the patient participant in an event to the starting point (Langacker, 1998) of the recounting of that event.


Pour citer cette ressource :

Harriet Jisa, "Promoting patients in narrative discourse: A developmental perspective", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), décembre 2009. Consulté le 08/03/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/langue/linguistique/promoting-patients-in-narrative-discourse-a-developmental-perspective