Narrative Assessment: Coherence, Cohesion, and Captivation Narrative is a complex discourse unit, not fully captured with any one analysis approach. Story grammar, cohesion, high point, and support perspectives will be described. Utterance length, vocabulary, and morphosyntax can be evaluated in a narrative context, but here they are only considered in relation to how they contribute ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2001
Narrative Assessment: Coherence, Cohesion, and Captivation
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  • Teresa A. Ukrainetz
    University of Wyoming, Larammie
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Article   |   October 01, 2001
Narrative Assessment: Coherence, Cohesion, and Captivation
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2001, Vol. 8, 11-15. doi:10.1044/lle8.2.11
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 2001, Vol. 8, 11-15. doi:10.1044/lle8.2.11
Narrative is a complex discourse unit, not fully captured with any one analysis approach. Story grammar, cohesion, high point, and support perspectives will be described. Utterance length, vocabulary, and morphosyntax can be evaluated in a narrative context, but here they are only considered in relation to how they contribute to narrative structure and quality.
Narrative, unlike exposition, has fairly clear limits. Narrative is the verbal recapitulation of past experiences, real or imaginary (Labov, 1972; Lahey, 1988). Narrative has a temporal organization; an agentive, goal-oriented focus (Longacre, 1983); and the expression of the stance of the teller to the event (Labov, 1972). Narrative is a recount of a specific life event (Once, Johnny and I were...). It is neither an event script (Birthday parties typically...) nor a commentary on a current event (He shoots, he scores!).
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