Growth in syntactic complexity between 4 years and adulthood: evidence from a narrative task

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dc.contributor.author Frizelle, Pauline
dc.contributor.author Thompson, Paul A.
dc.contributor.author McDonald, David
dc.contributor.author Bishop, Dorothy V. M.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-10-18T09:40:12Z
dc.date.available 2017-10-18T09:40:12Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.citation Frizelle, P., Thompson, P. A., McDonald, D. and Bishop, D. V. M. (2017) 'Growth in syntactic complexity between 4 years and adulthood: evidence from a narrative task', Accepted for publication in Journal of Child Language, awaiting doi. en
dc.identifier.issn 0305-0009
dc.identifier.issn 1469-7602
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/4877
dc.identifier.doi 10.17605/OSF.IO/B2K5U
dc.description.abstract Studies examining productive syntax have used varying elicitation methods and have tended to focus on either young children or adolescents/adults, so we lack an account of syntactic development throughout middle childhood. We describe here the results of an analysis of clause complexity in narratives produced by 354 speakers aged from 4 years to adulthood using the Expressive, Receptive and Recall of Narrative Instrument (ERRNI). We show that the number of clauses per utterance increased steadily through this age range. However the distribution of clause types depended on which of two stories was narrated, even though both stories were designed to have a similar story structure. In addition, clausal complexity was remarkably similar regardless of whether the speaker described a narrative from pictures, or whether the same narrative was recalled from memory. Finally, our findings with the youngest children showed that the task of generating a narrative from pictures may underestimate syntactic competence in those aged below 5 years. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Cambridge University Press en
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dc.relation.uri https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-child-language en
dc.rights © 2018. This article will published in a revised form in Journal of Child Language. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © copyright holder. en
dc.subject Syntax en
dc.subject Clause en
dc.subject Language en
dc.subject Development en
dc.subject Narrative en
dc.title Growth in syntactic complexity between 4 years and adulthood: evidence from a narrative task en
dc.type Other en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Pauline Frizelle, Speech And Hearing Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: p.frizelle@ucc.ie en
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dc.internal.IRISemailaddress p.frizelle@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.bibliocheck Accepted for publication March 2018. Check for PV online, update citation and rights statement. Add doi, startpage, end page, vol issue etc. en


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