Discourse Production

Narrative production requires that the speaker (or writer) produce a sequence of sentences that is coherent and comprehensible to the conversational partner (or the reader). The speaker has to be able to keep in mind what has already been stated and what remains to be stated and have some plan regarding the order in which information should be presented. Thus, in order to study narrative, measures beyond those of the individual phrase or sentence must be used in order to determine whether speakers are producing coherent narratives. Measures such as the overlap in propositions between utterances and the use of appropriate anaphors have been employed. Researchers may elicit target narratives by having the subjects view pictures or films and then asking the subject to tell the story of what happened. In such cases, the subjects' production can be assessed regarding whether the major elements of the story are present (such as introduction of people and situation, discussion of sequence of events and complication of the events, and resolution of the complication). Other measures can be used that assess whether the speaker uses vocabulary appropriate to the target audience and provides enough information, given the listener's knowledge, to allow for appropriate inferences.

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