By Philip W. Davis

The papers during this quantity have been provided on the 5th Biennial Symposium of the dep. of Linguistics, Rice collage, March 1993. The contributors have been requested to pay attention extensive and in a self-reflective approach upon a few diversity of information. The cause used to be multifold. the 1st goal used to be descriptive. It used to be anticipated that the contributors may perform their activity in a retrospective method, exemplifying and development upon their earlier paintings, however it was once additionally anticipated that they'd start to show the configuration of a few quarter in a extra entire photo of language. the purpose used to be to take (at least) one noticeable step within the depiction of what we expect language will finally be like. The contributions have been either particular and generalizing, with concentration as a lot upon technique as upon hypotheses approximately language. In studying descriptive perform, we persevered to pay attention upon concerns which involved us all, and even as we attempted to boost the discourse via the result of such description. We was hoping that not easy and recalcitrant facts could make our personal perform clearer to us and that it could additionally show us within the refinement of our conceptions of language.

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First, it should be noted that quite a number of children as well as adults responded by way of presenting an event sequence just as they might have done in response to the Report Question. While children of the 15 An example for an 'event sequence' presentation is given in example (3) above. 24 MICHAEL BAMBERG, D. L. , they cut down on the event sequences and focus increasingly on the conflict. Note that we also observed this trend in response to the Report Question; here, however, this trend is much stronger, resulting in a very clear preference for a scenario-type presentation of the conflict in early adulthood.

The above considerations regarding the developmental changes towards a more detached perspective between the age of eight and eleven years point clearly in this direction. It should, however, be noted that the development of a new form of detachment around that age is by no means a more reality-adequate position. Rather, the ability to differentiate two perspectives on what could be seen previously only from one vantage point, is grounded in the discursive constitution of linguistic means, and as such ultimately serves the purpose to be integrated into a new level of speakerhearer 'involvement'.

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