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What's in a Narrative? Variation in Storytelling at the Interface Between Language and Literacy


Edited By Christiane Bongartz and Jacopo Torregrossa

Research on narrative production plays a central role in linguistics, psycholinguistics and language acquisition. Narrative elicitation allows researchers to investigate specific linguistic structures and the processes involved in their acquisition in an ecological way. This book provides methodological remarks on how to approach research on narratives, identifying factors that underlie variation in narrative production, including the type of narrative task, cross-linguistic differences, learners’ literacy and cognitive development and the narrative practices in society. The volume features contributions on theoretical and methodological aspects of research on narratives from 16 researchers in linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and developmental psychology.

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Maria Andreou is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Cologne, participating in the SFB Project 1252 “Prominence in Language.” Her scientific interests include bilingualism and multilingualism, literacy, language and cognitive abilities in typical development and in (developmental and acquired) language disorders, narrative development and syntax.

Christiane Bongartz is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Cologne. Her research covers a range of theoretical and applied issues in language acquisition in various contexts (L1, 2L1 and L2), with particular reference to the interaction between language internal factors and acquisitional context(s).

Marcus Callies is full professor of English Linguistics at the University of Bremen. His main research interests are corpus linguistics with a focus on lexico-grammatical variation on innovation in learner varieties of English and World Englishes, foreign language teacher education, conceptual metaphor, and the language of sports.

Ifigenia Dosi is currently working as a lecturer under contract teaching Linguistics at Democritus University of Thrace, Hellenic Open University, Institute of Informatics and Telecommunications of NCSR “Democritus.” Her research interests lie in the areas of: bi- and multilingualism, language and cognitive abilities in typical development and in (developmental and acquired) language disorders.

Ana Díaz-Negrillo is an Associate Professor in English Linguistics at the University of Granada (Spain). Her main interests are English word-formation, Learner Corpus Research and Second Language Acquisition. She is currently interested in the acquisition of anaphora and reference in L2 English.

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