ERIC Number: ED385128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Quantifying Language. A Researcher's and Teacher's Guide to Gathering Language Data and Reducing It to Figures.
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)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Tests, Reliability, Research Methodology, Scoring, Statistical Analysis, Testing, Validity
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
Authoring Institution: N/A