Language Complexity, Narratives and Theory of Mind of Romani Speaking Children


  • Hristo Kyuchukov University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland
  • Jill de Villiers Smith College in Northampton, USA



Romani, language assessment, Theory of Mind, language complexity.


The paper presents research findings with 56 Roma children from Macedonia and Serbia between the ages of 3-6 years. The children’s knowledge of Romani as their mother tongue was assessed with a specially designed test. The test measures the children’s comprehension and production of different types of grammatical knowledge such as wh–questions, wh-complements, passive verbs, possessives, tense, aspect, the ability of the children to learn new nouns and new adjectives, and repetition of sentences. In addition, two pictured narratives about Theory of Mind were given to the children. The hypothesis of the authors was that knowledge of the complex grammatical categories by children will help them to understand better the Theory of Mind stories. The results show that Roma children by the age of 5 know most of the grammatical categories in their mother tongue and most of them understand Theory of Mind.


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Vol 5 No 2 (2018)

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Hristo Kyuchukov, & Jill de Villiers. (2018). Language Complexity, Narratives and Theory of Mind of Romani Speaking Children. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics , 5(2), 16-31.