Chinese Language Narration

Culture, cognition, and emotion

ORCID logoAllyssa McCabe | University of Massachusetts Lowell
Chien-ju Chang | National Taiwan Normal University
ISBN 9789027226594 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
ISBN 9789027271099 | EUR 90.00 | USD 135.00
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Chinese Language Narration: Culture, cognition, and emotion 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.
[Studies in Narrative, 19] 2013.  viii, 213 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“Narrative, an organized account of a sequence of events, merges aspects of language, culture, cognition, and emotion. Professor McCabe and Professor Chang draw on research by themselves and others to share with us insightful aspects of narration, including cross-cultural comparison, Taiwanese Mandarin-speaking children’s narrative development in L1 and L2, and individual variations in narrative ability among Mandarin Chinese speakers due to socioeconomic class, specific language impairment, and schizophrenia. This excellent book offers a complex yet comprehensive view of Mandarin Chinese-speaking narration, which helps unravel an intricate facet that adds to our current understanding of cross-cultural variations in narration.”
“This is the first comprehensive collection of studies on the narrative development of Mandarin-speaking population. The research topic not only touches on the narrative’s macro level and micro level, but also on the influence of culture and socioeconomic status on narrative. The research methods include cross-sectional studies, longitudinal studies, and comparative studies. And there are studies both on population with typical development and on population with atypical development. Mandarin is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world, yet narration in this language has received less attention than narration in Western languages. To have a general and comprehensive idea of Chinese language narration, this book is the best choice! It can be used as a textbook for graduate students and a reference book for researchers in related fields!”
“Allyssa McCabe and Chien-ju Chang have provided us with a rare insight into the language, thought and feelings of 730 million speakers of Mandarin Chinese, the largest language group in the world. Narratives are a way of recounting what has happened and making sense of it. Though there are many universals in narration, the cross cultural and subcultural differences described in these studies are intriguing. For instance, the narratives of English-speaking American children have many more references to their own reaction to the events than those of Mandarin-speaking Chinese children. This book is a valuable resource for all those interested in narrative, and in the cognitive and cultural arena in which narrative skills develop.”
“Based on narrative data, the studies in the book provide natural context in which the linguistic components of narratives and the (non-) sequentiality of events are readily used as measures to evaluate language capabilities for various research purposes.”
“This book encompasses a wide range of significant issues regarding Chinese language narration, including cross-cultural variations, Mandarin-speaking children’s narrative development in L1 and L2, and individual variations in narrative abilities among Mandarin Chinese speakers from different socioeconomic classes, and with specific language impairments, or schizophrenia. This valuable book can be highly recommended to any parent who wants information about children’s narrative abilities, and to any researcher who is interested in intricate linguistic, cognitive, cultural, and emotional facets of Chinese language narration across age and social groups, together with individual differences,
as well as cross-cultural variations.”
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