Linkage in narratives: A comparison between monolingual speakers of French and Italian, and early and late French-Italian bilinguals

Natale, Silvia (2013). Linkage in narratives: A comparison between monolingual speakers of French and Italian, and early and late French-Italian bilinguals. International Review of Applied Linguistics in language teaching, 51(2), pp. 151-169. De Gruyter Mouton 10.1515/iral-2013-0007

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In the course of language acquisition learners have to deal with the task of producing narrative texts that are coherent across a range of conceptual domains (space, time, entities) -- both within as well as across utterances. The organization of information is analyzed in this study, on the basis of retellings of a silent film, in terms of devices used in the coordination and subordination of events within the narrative sequence. The focus on subordination reflects a core grammatical difference between Italian and French, as Italian is a null-subject language while French is not. The implications of this contrast for information structure include differences in topic management within the sequence of events. The present study investigates in how far Italian-French bilingual speakers acquire the patterns of monolingual speakers of Italian. It compares how early and late bilinguals of these two languages proceed when linking information in narratives in Italian.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Italian Language and Literature > Linguistic Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Natale, Silvia

Subjects:

400 Language > 450 Italian, Romanian & related languages

ISSN:

0019-042X

Publisher:

De Gruyter Mouton

Language:

English

Submitter:

Anne-Danièle Gazin

Date Deposited:

12 Mar 2014 14:25

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 08:33

Publisher DOI:

10.1515/iral-2013-0007

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44642

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44642

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