CHILDES Mandarin Chang2 Corpus

Chien-ju Chang
Human Development
National Taiwan Normal University

Participants: 16
Type of Study: longitudinal
Location: Taiwan
Media type: n/a
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5C60J

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Chang, C. (2003). Talking about the past: How do Chinese mothers elicit narratives from their young children across time. Narrative Inquiry, 13 (1), 99-126.

Chang, C. (2004). Telling stories of experiences: Narrative development of young Chinese children. Applied Psycholinguistics, 25 (1), 83-104.

Chang, C. (2000). Narrative performance across contexts and over time: Preschool Chinese children and mothers. Unpublished dissertation, Harvard Graduate School of Education, MA, USA.

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Project Description

This study aims to explore (1) growth in preschool Mandarin Chinese-speaking children's narrative development, (2) the interaction strategies Mandarin mothers use to promote their children's narrative competence over a nine month period, and (3) the relationship between children's narrative competence and maternal interaction strategies. Sixteen Mandarin Chinese-speaking children, eight boys and eight girls, and their mothers living in Taipei, Taiwan participated in this study. The mean age of the children was 42 months (range: 40 to 43 months) at the start of this study (Time 1) and 51 months (range: 49 to 52 months) at the last session (Time 4). All children came from middle class families, i.e., their mothers were college or graduate school educated. Each mother-child dyad was visited in the home at four time points when the children were 42 (Time 1), 45 (Time 2), 48 (Time 3), and 51 (Time 4) months of age on average. At each visit, the child was asked to do one task with the experimenter (i.e., personal experience narratives) and two tasks with his/her mother (i.e., joint personal anecdotes and book reading interactions).
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Zhiyi Wu reformatted this corpus into accord with current (2020) versions of CHAT.