Edited By Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and Krzysztof Kosecki
Temporal Parameters of Narrative Events: a Study of Unitizing a Videotaped Activity and its Verbal Coding
Janusz Badio, University of Łódź Poland
The paper deals with the perception and verbalisation of events. To this end an approximately 2 minute long, silent video was constructed (study one), which showed a girl, then two girls performing mundane activities at home. The video was then unitized into segments that seemed most meaningful to the participants (N=45). The hypothesis that the participants would spontaneously get divided into two groups of either coarse or fine grain coders did not become confirmed. Instead, they showed a tendency to divide the video into approximately 19 events. As shown on a sub-sample (N=8) in a qualitative analysis, the breakpoints that the viewers decided to mark off, were points of physical change in activity that additionally and more importantly, coincided with moments associated with changes of goals or plans in behaviour. Those participants who were additionally guided by mere physical change in the body posture of the actresses were in minority. The second study looked at Polish-native versus English-foreign verbalisation of the same video content. The hypothesis that the English-foreign condition would have fewer coded events was not confirmed.