Child narration in a first and a second language
2009 (English)In: NERA 2009 Literacy as Worldmaking: NERA’s 37th Congress, Trondheim, 5-7 March 2009, 2009, 164- p.Conference paper (Refereed)
The present study investigates three stories produced when a group of grade 6 children in a rural school in Rwanda are requested to tell a story of their own choice. The children speak Kinyarwanda, the first language of the majority of the people in Rwanda, but their medium of instruction at school is French. The findings show that all stories but one were told in Kinyarwanda. Here we want to explore similarities and differences between the story in French and two selected stories in Kinyarwanda. One of the Kinyarwandan stories is selected because it is of similar length as the one in French and the other story is selected because it is well elaborated. All stories are analysed in terms of content, narrative structure and language complexity. Our analysis is in progress but so far we have seen that all children have told stories with a clear high point (Labov, 1992). Moreover, all stories deal with gender issues of some kind. We have also seen that language choice seems to have an impact on where the story is situated.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. 164- p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17812OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17812DiVA: diva2:240620
NERA’s 37th Annual Congress of the Nordic Educational Research Association, 5-7 March, Trondheim, Norway