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A cross-cultural study of fictional and non-fictional text understanding.

Short, M. H. and Halasz, L. and Varga, A. (2002) A cross-cultural study of fictional and non-fictional text understanding. Poetics, 30 (3). pp. 195-219. ISSN 0304-422X

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Abstract

It is often assumed that readers of texts vary in their responses, even if they come from the same cultural background, depending upon their personal assumptions and knowledge about the kind of text they are reading. In this paper we investigate how readers from three different language groups responded to (translations of) the same textual extracts. We focus on two questions. Do readers respond differently to the same textual extract depending on what text-type they think it is, and does the response vary much from one language/cultural group to another? Our study involves English, Hungarian and German senior secondary school students. They were asked to read and comment on three short extracts from three different text-types (novel, newspaper report and autobiography) according to different text-type assumptions. Although there were some palpable differences in response to the texts, both within and among the samples, there were also considerable similarities. Moreover, there was no discernible effect on reading outcomes of declared text-type.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Poetics
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1928
Deposited By: Professor Mick (M. H.) Short
Deposited On: 27 Feb 2008 14:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 15:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1928

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