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Getting the Story Straight: Language Fieldwork Using a Narrative Problem-Solving Task

San Roque, Lila; Rumsey, Alan; Gawne, Lauren; Spronck, Stef; Hoenigman, Darja; Carroll, Alice; Miller, Julia; Evans, Nicholas


We describe a structured task for gathering enriched language data for descriptive, comparative, and documentary purposes, focusing on the domain of social cognition. The task involves collaborative narrative problem-solving and retelling by a pair or small group of language speakers, and was developed as an aid to investigating grammatical categories relevant to social cognition. The pictures set up a dramatic story in which participants can feel empathetic involvement with the characters, and...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2012
Type: Journal article
Source: Language Documentation and Conservation
Access Rights: Open Access


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