Year of Graduation
Influence of reading experience on children’s written language development (A case study of children’s print media).
Faculty of Media Communications
The name of my graduation paper is Influence of reading experience on children’s written language development (A case study of children’s print media).In this paper we confirm the influence of comic books on children’s writing. Moreover, we single out specific traits that children take from the comics and use in their narratives. Accordingly, due to this work we give recommendations to authors of children’s magazines: how to compose lyrics if they want to turn their readers to well-writing ones. We believe that comics may affect the reader’s speech in the opposite direction. Therefore, the main recommendation is to check comics’ texts for the presence of «average normative’s» features and guide by it. At least, after writing the text authors should check the quantity of compound and complex sentences, whether there are synonyms. These elementary measures can help to maintain the normal writing skills of their young readers.According to the obtained results the following conclusions have been made:-narratives of the kids reading books and kids reading only comics and magazines are different. In contrast to the traditional view, they diverge from each other not only in vocabulary. They have totally different structure (for example, a sociolinguist W. Labov believes that any narrative text consists of 6 parts. Children who read only comics do not use 2 of 6 necessary parts – «abstract» and «evaluation» which are responsible for the introduction and analysis of the text ); children’s texts have various length (5-23 sentences – children who prefer books, 3-16 sentences – «average normative», 2-8 sentences – children enjoying comics). Apart from this, children’s syntax is not the same too: the number of complex and compound sentences is about 10% (in the weak texts), but should be nearly 25%.-the hypothesis fits the experimental data: shortcomings of children’s speech are adopted from the language of comics, which, in turn, try to imitate the speech of the children and oversimplify it. We made sure of this through examples