ERIC Number: ED267523
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Sampling Reliability in Spontaneous Language Sampling.
Fujiki, Martin; Brinton, Bonnie
To determine how many occurrences of a syntactic structure are necessary to provide sampling reliability, two one-half hour spontaneous language samples were elicited from each of 15 language disordered students (5 to 6 years old). Sessions were divided into two periods, one for the child's telling about pictures and toys and the other for conversation between examiner and child. Thirteen syntactical structures were examined for analysis. Proportion of occurrence for each structure was calculated, a difference score (difference between the total number of occurrences and sampling levels) computed, and a mean absolute error proportion across all syntactic structures for each sampling level derived. Data suggested that a set of four trials was a usable guideline for sampling reliability in spontaneous language production, so that if a child produces a structure on at least four unique occasions, the clinician may assume that this provides a representative picture of the child's knowledge of that structure. (CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (12th, Washington, DC, November 22-25, 1985).