Narrative Development in Young Children

Narrative Development in Young Children : Gesture, Imagery, and Cohesion

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As children begin to use language in early childhood, they produce increasingly large units of coherent speech, including narrative descriptions of events. This book examines the process of narrative development in young children, focusing on the development of 'cohesion' - the use of speech and gesture to create coherent perspectives on events. Surveying early narrative development in which gesture plays an integral part, the book explores the development of cohesive, clause-linking devices during the period from age two to three. Illustrated with longitudinal cases studies, the book examines the crib-talk of two-year-old Emily and compares it to the discourse patterns of storybooks and nursery rhymes, and to her father's pre-bedtime routines. In a second case study, the authors trace the changing relationships between speech and gesture in the spontaneous narratives of two-year-old Ella. This book will be invaluable to students and researchers in language acquisition, developmental psychology and gesture more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 38 b/w illus. 34 tables
  • 1139644556
  • 9781139644556

Table of contents

1. Toward an embodied account of narrative development; Part I. Narratives As Symbol Formation: 2. Narratives, cohesion and symbol formation; 3. Social and natural sources of change; Part II. Social Sources of Cohesion: 4. Social sources of cohesion - cohesive sources of coherence; 5. How early cohesion is grounded in enactment; Part III. Gestures, Cohesion, and Narrative Development: 6. Dual semiosis and the roots of cohesion; 7. Gestural sources of early cohesion - insights from Ella's stories; 8. Gestures, cohesion, and symbol formation; 9. Implications for children with autism; 10. The material carrier; Appendix 1. Transcription of Ella's speech and gestures; Appendix 2. Description of Rosie and Jim episodes (94 weeks; 23:00 on video).show more