Story Grammar Elements and Mental State Terms in the Expression of Enabling Relations in Narratives of Bilingual Preschool Children

Sveta Fichman, Sharon Armon-Lotem, Joel Walters, Carmit Altman

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Abstract

The present research analyzes causal relations between events in the narratives of bilingual preschool children with typical development (BiTD) and with developmental language disorder (BiDLD). The analyses focused on story grammar elements (attempts and goals) and mental state terms between events in Enabling relations as features contributing to narrative discourse coherence. Narratives, collected from 48 bilingual children (14 with DLD) aged 5;06–6;06, were examined for the expression of enabling causal relations in both L1/Russian and L2/Hebrew. Children in both groups showed frequent omission of goals, but they used mental state terms to convey Enabling relations between events across episodes. Coherence is argued to be affected by syntactic, referential, and lexical skills.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)925-942
Number of pages18
JournalDiscourse Processes
Volume58
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The study was supported by Israel Science Foundation (ISF), grant number 1716/19 and by a grant from the Israeli Ministry of Education. We would like to thank the children and their parents who participated in the study.

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