Collecting Language Samples from Children with Syntax Problems Although it is important that children produce enough spontaneous language to be analyzed, length is not the only criterion to be considered when collecting language samples. This article suggests that comparability, representativeness, and typicality must also be considered when selecting language elicitation tasks: A framework is suggested as a basis ... Research Article
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Research Article  |   April 01, 1985
Collecting Language Samples from Children with Syntax Problems
 
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  • Carol T. Wren is currently affiliated with the Department of Reading and Learning Disabilities, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614. Requests for reprints may be sent to this address.
    Carol T. Wren is currently affiliated with the Department of Reading and Learning Disabilities, DePaul University, Chicago, IL 60614. Requests for reprints may be sent to this address.×
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Research Article   |   April 01, 1985
Collecting Language Samples from Children with Syntax Problems
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1985, Vol. 16, 83-102. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1602.83
History: Received October 29, 1982 , Accepted September 26, 1983
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1985, Vol. 16, 83-102. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.1602.83
History: Received October 29, 1982; Accepted September 26, 1983

Although it is important that children produce enough spontaneous language to be analyzed, length is not the only criterion to be considered when collecting language samples. This article suggests that comparability, representativeness, and typicality must also be considered when selecting language elicitation tasks: A framework is suggested as a basis for selecting or devising tasks, and one successful battery is described which has been field tested on language-disordered children with syntax problems. These tasks elicit a wide variety of language from the children as well as stimulate them to produce a large, representative corpus of utterances.

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