MAIN: Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives

  • The Multilingual Assessment Instrument for Narratives (MAIN) was designed in order to assess narrative skills in children who acquire one or more languages from birth or from early age. MAIN is suitable for children from 3 to 10 years and evaluates both comprehension and production of narratives. Its design allows for the assessment of several languages in the same child, as well as for different elicitation modes: Model Story, Retelling, and Telling. MAIN contains four parallel stories, each with a carefully designed six-picture sequence. The stories are controlled for cognitive and linguistic complexity, parallelism in macrostructure and microstructure, as well as for cultural appropriateness and robustness. The instrument has been developed on the basis of extensive piloting with more than 550 monolingual and bilingual children aged 3 to 10, for 15 different languages and language combinations. Even though MAIN has not been norm-referenced yet, its standardized procedures can be used for evaluation, intervention and research purposes. MAIN is currently available in the following languages: English, Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Bulgarian, Croatian, Cypriot Greek, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Standard Arabic, Swedish, Turkish, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

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Author:Natalʹja Vladimirovna Gagarina, Daleen Klop, Sari Kunnari, Koula Tantele, Taina Välimaa, Ingrida Balčiūnienė, Ute Bohnacker, Joel Walters
Parent Title (English):Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft: ZAS papers in linguistics ; Nr. 56
Series (Serial Number):ZAS papers in linguistics : ZASPiL (56)
Publisher:Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Working Paper
Year of Completion:2012
Year of first Publication:2012
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2014/11/12
GND Keyword:Sprachtest; Diskursanalyse; Erzählen; Spracherwerb
Page Number:155
Last Page:149
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Part II. MAIN materials to be used for assessment: available online at [link s. o.]
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 41 Linguistik / 418 Standardsprache; Angewandte Linguistik
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Spracherwerb / Language acquisition
Linguistik-Klassifikation: Angewandte Linguistik / Applied linguistics
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht