Verbal structure and content in written discourse: Expository and narrative texts

Hrafnhildur Ragnarsdóttir, Dalia Cahana-Amitay, Melina Aparici, Adriana Van Hell, Anne Viguié

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

21 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

This paper forms a bridge between the article on noun phrase patterning by Ravid et al. 2002 and that on passive voice constructions by Jisa et al. 2002. The study reports on a cross-linguistic, developmental study of verbal structures and verb types used in two genres of written discourse: Personal narratives and expository texts. The study is aimed at (a) establishing the profile of linguistic features that characterize and differentiate these two genres; (b) identifying the developmental changes beyond middle childhood that lead to the proficient use of a full repertoire of verbal structures in the construction of both types of text; and (c) providing fresh empirical evidence for crosslinguistic similarities and differences in the linguistic devices used for Genre differentiation. The paper begins to address these issues by considering quantitative aspects of Genre differentiation in four age-groups (gradeschool children, junior high school, high school, and adults) and in five languages (Dutch, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, and Spanish).We expected narratives and expository texts to be characterized by contrasting distribution of the categories that we analysed—verb tense, aspect, mood, voice, and person—across the age—groups and languages under study. To test this prediction, all verbs in our sample were analysed using common coding procedures in all five languages, followed by a statistical analysis of the frequency distribution of each coded category (as our dependent variables) across Age and Genre in each of the languages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-126
Number of pages32
JournalWritten Language and Literacy
Volume5
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

Fingerprint

genre
narrative
discourse
linguistics
language
French language
frequency distribution
mood
school
statistical analysis
age group
coding
childhood
Expository Text
Written Discourse
Narrative Text
evidence
Language
Verbs

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

Cite this

Ragnarsdóttir, Hrafnhildur ; Cahana-Amitay, Dalia ; Aparici, Melina ; Van Hell, Adriana ; Viguié, Anne. / Verbal structure and content in written discourse : Expository and narrative texts. In: Written Language and Literacy. 2002 ; Vol. 5, No. 1. pp. 95-126.
@article{57dd61bcd0934fb4a8a7910ae5830413,
title = "Verbal structure and content in written discourse: Expository and narrative texts",
abstract = "This paper forms a bridge between the article on noun phrase patterning by Ravid et al. 2002 and that on passive voice constructions by Jisa et al. 2002. The study reports on a cross-linguistic, developmental study of verbal structures and verb types used in two genres of written discourse: Personal narratives and expository texts. The study is aimed at (a) establishing the profile of linguistic features that characterize and differentiate these two genres; (b) identifying the developmental changes beyond middle childhood that lead to the proficient use of a full repertoire of verbal structures in the construction of both types of text; and (c) providing fresh empirical evidence for crosslinguistic similarities and differences in the linguistic devices used for Genre differentiation. The paper begins to address these issues by considering quantitative aspects of Genre differentiation in four age-groups (gradeschool children, junior high school, high school, and adults) and in five languages (Dutch, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, and Spanish).We expected narratives and expository texts to be characterized by contrasting distribution of the categories that we analysed—verb tense, aspect, mood, voice, and person—across the age—groups and languages under study. To test this prediction, all verbs in our sample were analysed using common coding procedures in all five languages, followed by a statistical analysis of the frequency distribution of each coded category (as our dependent variables) across Age and Genre in each of the languages.",
author = "Hrafnhildur Ragnarsd{\'o}ttir and Dalia Cahana-Amitay and Melina Aparici and {Van Hell}, Adriana and Anne Vigui{\'e}",
year = "2002",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1075/wll.5.1.05rag",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "5",
pages = "95--126",
journal = "Written Language and Literacy",
issn = "1387-6732",
publisher = "John Benjamins Publishing Company",
number = "1",

}

Verbal structure and content in written discourse : Expository and narrative texts. / Ragnarsdóttir, Hrafnhildur; Cahana-Amitay, Dalia; Aparici, Melina; Van Hell, Adriana; Viguié, Anne.

In: Written Language and Literacy, Vol. 5, No. 1, 01.01.2002, p. 95-126.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - Verbal structure and content in written discourse

T2 - Expository and narrative texts

AU - Ragnarsdóttir, Hrafnhildur

AU - Cahana-Amitay, Dalia

AU - Aparici, Melina

AU - Van Hell, Adriana

AU - Viguié, Anne

PY - 2002/1/1

Y1 - 2002/1/1

N2 - This paper forms a bridge between the article on noun phrase patterning by Ravid et al. 2002 and that on passive voice constructions by Jisa et al. 2002. The study reports on a cross-linguistic, developmental study of verbal structures and verb types used in two genres of written discourse: Personal narratives and expository texts. The study is aimed at (a) establishing the profile of linguistic features that characterize and differentiate these two genres; (b) identifying the developmental changes beyond middle childhood that lead to the proficient use of a full repertoire of verbal structures in the construction of both types of text; and (c) providing fresh empirical evidence for crosslinguistic similarities and differences in the linguistic devices used for Genre differentiation. The paper begins to address these issues by considering quantitative aspects of Genre differentiation in four age-groups (gradeschool children, junior high school, high school, and adults) and in five languages (Dutch, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, and Spanish).We expected narratives and expository texts to be characterized by contrasting distribution of the categories that we analysed—verb tense, aspect, mood, voice, and person—across the age—groups and languages under study. To test this prediction, all verbs in our sample were analysed using common coding procedures in all five languages, followed by a statistical analysis of the frequency distribution of each coded category (as our dependent variables) across Age and Genre in each of the languages.

AB - This paper forms a bridge between the article on noun phrase patterning by Ravid et al. 2002 and that on passive voice constructions by Jisa et al. 2002. The study reports on a cross-linguistic, developmental study of verbal structures and verb types used in two genres of written discourse: Personal narratives and expository texts. The study is aimed at (a) establishing the profile of linguistic features that characterize and differentiate these two genres; (b) identifying the developmental changes beyond middle childhood that lead to the proficient use of a full repertoire of verbal structures in the construction of both types of text; and (c) providing fresh empirical evidence for crosslinguistic similarities and differences in the linguistic devices used for Genre differentiation. The paper begins to address these issues by considering quantitative aspects of Genre differentiation in four age-groups (gradeschool children, junior high school, high school, and adults) and in five languages (Dutch, French, Hebrew, Icelandic, and Spanish).We expected narratives and expository texts to be characterized by contrasting distribution of the categories that we analysed—verb tense, aspect, mood, voice, and person—across the age—groups and languages under study. To test this prediction, all verbs in our sample were analysed using common coding procedures in all five languages, followed by a statistical analysis of the frequency distribution of each coded category (as our dependent variables) across Age and Genre in each of the languages.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84989382897&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84989382897&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1075/wll.5.1.05rag

DO - 10.1075/wll.5.1.05rag

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:84989382897

VL - 5

SP - 95

EP - 126

JO - Written Language and Literacy

JF - Written Language and Literacy

SN - 1387-6732

IS - 1

ER -