Ist der Verbwortschatz entscheidend für die Makrostruktur? Eine Analyse anhand elizitierter Narrative deutsch-russisch bilingualer Vor- und Grundschulkinder


  • Natalie Sürmeli



This study explores the relation between the development of narrative skills at the macrostructural level and the productive lexical abilities (verbs) of German-Russian children. The narratives are elicited using the Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives (MAIN) and the lexical abilities are assessed using different tests. Twenty-one preschoolers (mean age: 3;9), forty-four 1st graders (mean age: 6;11) and twenty-two 3rd graders (mean age: 9;3) were included in the study. Correlation analyses were performed between verb lexicon and the following macrostructural components: Story Structure, Structural Complexity and Internal State Terms. The analysis also targets cross-language effects. In addition, the production of verbs within the elicited narratives was taken into account. Some positive correlations were found; however, no clear pattern across age groups and languages was observed. It is suggested that cognitive abilities might be a more decisive factor than lexical abilities and/or that the verbs assessed via the vocabulary tests are more specific than the ones required to achieve high scores for macrostructure.






Sürmeli, Natalie. 2019. „Ist Der Verbwortschatz Entscheidend für Die Makrostruktur? Eine Analyse Anhand Elizitierter Narrative Deutsch-Russisch Bilingualer Vor- Und Grundschulkinder“. ZAS Papers in Linguistics 62 (September):89-117.