Derya and Kareen – competing stories (TU5)

Speakers: Derya, female, 8, Turkish; Kareen, female, 8, Indian

Dafne and Kareen agree to share telling the interviewer the story of Goldilocks and the three bears, but neither of them is very happy about the way their friend tells the story, and the extract contains many overlaps and interruptions. Nevertheless there are many features typical of storytelling. Derya acquired English as her second language and there are indications here that she is still learning some grammatical structures.

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Linguistics Research Digest links
Functions of ‘er’ and ‘erm’ in speech
Functions of ‘uh’ and ‘um’ in speech
Definite and indefinite articles in MLE