TITLE

Adults' Judgments of Fictional Story Quality

AUTHOR(S)
Schneider, Phyllis; Winship, Stephanie
PUB. DATE
April 2002
SOURCE
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research;Apr2002, Vol. 45 Issue 2, p372
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We addressed this question by using 39 untrained adult judges who were presented with sets of brief stories, each set constructed to vary on a single story aspect (story grammar elements, story grammar structural pattern, referring expressions, or connectives). Judges ranked the stories in each set from best to worst. Results indicate that judges were generally sensitive to story features commonly used in narrative analyses, including characters' thoughts and feelings, goal-directedness, adequacy of referent introductions, and connectedness of clauses. However, they failed to make distinctions between stories that differed in types of connectives or referring expressions and had mixed reactions to description in stories.
ACCESSION #
6417219

 

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