ERIC Number: EJ892955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Listener Reliability in Assigning Utterance Boundaries in Children's Spontaneous Speech
Stockman, Ida J.
Applied Psycholinguistics, v31 n3 p363-395 Jul 2010
Research and clinical practices often rely on an utterance unit for spoken language analysis. This paper calls attention to the problems encountered when identifying utterance boundaries in young children's spontaneous conversational speech. The results of a reliability study of utterance boundary assignment are described for 20 females with graduate professional education in speech-language pathology. They judged audiorecorded spontaneous speech samples that were elicited from 4-year-old children. Their agreement with each other (interobserver) was significantly lower than their self-agreement (intraobserver). Interobserver agreement varied with the length/grammatical complexity of response turns, and the number and types of selective boundary cues presented in the speech stimuli. The findings have research and clinical implications for the utterance as a conceptual notion and its use constraints.
Descriptors: Cues, Speech, Oral Language, Language Impairments, Speech Language Pathology, Professional Education, Young Children, Females, Evaluators, Interrater Reliability, Audio Equipment, Grammar, Identification
Cambridge University Press. 100 Brook Hill Drive, West Nyack, NY 10994-2133. Tel: 800-872-7423; Tel: 845-353-7500; Fax: 845-353-4141; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=APS
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A