Advanced Verb Form Production in Story Retelling This study investigated the rate at which 60 elementary school children produced three advanced verb forms—past progressive, past perfect progressive, and past perfect—when asked to retell literate narratives, a discourse genre that originates from written prose and frequently contains these advanced verb forms. The three verb forms were embedded in ... Research Article
Research Article  |   October 01, 1995
Advanced Verb Form Production in Story Retelling
 
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  • Judith C. L. Sutter
    University of Florida, Gainesville
  • Cynthia J. Johnson
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Contact author: Judith C.L. Sutter, PhD, Department of Communicative Disorders, P.O. Box 100174, University of Florida, Gainesville. FL 32610.
    Contact author: Judith C.L. Sutter, PhD, Department of Communicative Disorders, P.O. Box 100174, University of Florida, Gainesville. FL 32610.×
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Research Article   |   October 01, 1995
Advanced Verb Form Production in Story Retelling
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 1995, Vol. 38, 1067-1080. doi:10.1044/jshr.3805.1067
History: Received February 23, 1994 , Accepted March 7, 1995
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, October 1995, Vol. 38, 1067-1080. doi:10.1044/jshr.3805.1067
History: Received February 23, 1994; Accepted March 7, 1995

This study investigated the rate at which 60 elementary school children produced three advanced verb forms—past progressive, past perfect progressive, and past perfect—when asked to retell literate narratives, a discourse genre that originates from written prose and frequently contains these advanced verb forms. The three verb forms were embedded in nine story episodes and told to the children. The children were then asked to retell the stories. Verb form production by the children was scored as either “borrowed” or substituted spontaneous production. During their story-retelling episodes, the 6-, 7-, and 8-year-old children borrowed all verb forms under investigation from the stimuli stories. They significantly preferred to borrow the past progressive over the past perfect progressive and past perfect forms. Rate of verb form production by 8-year-old children was significantly higher than for the younger age groups. These data suggest that advanced verb form production is influenced by the children’s sensitivity to the type of narrative register (i.e., 1 st or 3rd person perspective), the propositional ability associated with narrative development, and the progressive meaning of the -ing suffix.

Acknowledgments
Special thanks are offered to Joseph Quinn, PhD, teachers, and children in the Calgary Catholic School Board, Calgary, Alberta, for their assistance with this project.
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