Methods Include

Video recordings of naturally occurring interactions in families, ie. adults and children talking; children playing with each other.

Elicited production of stories told from picture stimuli.

Picture book stimuli - children and adults tell a story following the pictures. Speakers are free to use their own words to tell the story how they want to. To get a download link to the picture books, please contact <Carmel.O'>

Please cite as: O’Shannessy, Carmel 2004 The Monster Stories: Picture stimuli for elicited production. (Unpublished series.) Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

A comprehension task is used to evaluate how children process the competing cues of word order and ergative case marking in their two primary languages, Light Warlpiri and Warlpiri.

A complete-the-story production task is used to elicit 2nd person pronouns and imperatives.

The Monster Stories

The bush coconut story

The child who ran away story

The woman who got well story

The horse and cow story

The bicycle story

The Emu Story

Carmel O'Shannessy

The emu story is designed to elicit dual and plural subject and object pronouns. Please cite it as: O’Shannessy, Carmel 2003 The Emu Story. Illustrated by David Lemay. (Unpublished.) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics: Nijmegen.

A Comprehension Task

In this task children and adults see two events each with two animate characters. In each event one character performs an action on the other. The children hear a sentence and point to one of the events. There are 32 animations in the series, each is a few seconds long. These stimuli are available on request.

Carmel O'Shannessy

Complete-the-story Task