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ERIC Number: ED385128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 308
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85359-253-6
ISSN: N/A
Quantifying Language. A Researcher's and Teacher's Guide to Gathering Language Data and Reducing It to Figures.
Scholfield, Phil
This book is a guide to categorizing, measuring, testing, and assessing aspects of language, and is intended for language teachers, speech therapists and other language-related practitioners, and researchers, in conjunction with other resources on research methods and statistics. The first part is a discussion of basic terminology and the varied reasons for quantifying language. Part 2 focuses on methods of gathering data for quantification, particularly the selection of appropriate instruments and techniques. Four general data-gathering approaches are discussed: fully naturalistic; quasi-naturalistic interaction; opinion; and manipulation. Suggestions are made for optimizing naturalness in the data-gathering phase. The importance of referencing is also addressed here. A range of issues in scoring, counting, and scale types are examined in Part 3. In Part 4, questions of quality, reliability, and validity are explored. Contains 13 references. (MSE)
Multilingual Matters, 1900 Frost Road, Suite 101, Bristol, PA 19007 (hardback: ISBN-1-85359-254-4; paperback: ISBN-1-85359-253-6).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A