AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

Cross-linguistic differences in narration in Dutch and Flemish four year old children with a typical language development.

by N.W.L. Vermeylen

Institution: Universiteit Utrecht
Year: 2009
Keywords: Letteren; cross-linguistic differences, Renfrew Language Scales Dutch Adaptation, retelling, Bus Story Test
Record ID: 1251473
Full text PDF: http://dspace.library.uu.nl:8080/handle/1874/35867


Narration is becoming an important method to evaluate child language development. It requires complex language abilities and language use can be evaluated in a more or less natural context. The Dutch adaptation of the Renfrew Language Scales was used to examine cross-linguistic differences in Flemish and Dutch four year old children, matched on age, sex and social economic status. Differences were found on two variables concerning the pragmatics of story retelling and on the semantic-lexical aspect, more specific on GAP-verbs. Further research is suggested to examine both the semantic-lexical and semanticgrammatical aspect.