Chinese Language Narration

Culture, cognition, and emotion

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  • Editors: Allyssa McCabe1, and Chien-ju Chang2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2013
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027271099

<i>Chinese Language Narration: Culture, cognition, and emotion</i> is a collection of papers presenting original research on narration in Mandarin, especially as it contrasts to what is known regarding narration in English. One chapter addresses dinner table conversation between Chinese immigrant parents and children in the United States compared to non-immigrant peers. Other chapters consider evaluation patterns in Mandarin versus English, referencing strategies, coherence patterns, socioeconomic differences among Taiwanese Mandarin-speaking children, and differences in narration due to Specific Language Impairment and schizophrenia. Several chapters address developmental concerns. Distinctive aspects of narration in Mandarin are linked to larger issues of autobiographical memory. Mandarin is spoken by far more people than any other language, yet narration in this language has received notably less attention than narration in Western languages. This collective effort is a critical addition to our understanding of cross-cultural similarities and differences in how people make sense of experiences through narrative.

Subjects: Pragmatics; Cognition and language; Sino-Tibetan languages; Communication Studies; Discourse studies

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Massachusetts Lowell; 2: National Taiwan Normal University

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