Accuracy of Online Language Sampling: A Focus on Verbs

Furey, Joan E.; Watkins, Ruth V.
November 2002
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology;Nov2002, Vol. 11 Issue 4, p434
Academic Journal
This study investigated the accuracy of online language sample data collection. Language samples were collected from 22 preschoolers (11 with language impairments and 11 typically developing) using a semiscripted, play-based sampling procedure designed to elicit 50 target verbs. During each sampling session, examiners recorded the target verbs a child produced. The online target verb repertoire for each child was then compared with the target verb repertoire extracted from transcription of the audiotape. Results indicated strong positive correlations between target verb repertoires recorded online and those obtained from transcription. Our results indicate that online transcription can be a useful procedure for clinicians who may be restricted in their ability to use language sampling procedures because of the significant time required for transcription and subsequent sample analysis. Although the current study revealed strong accuracy in online recording for one relatively focused aspect of language production, additional investigation will be needed to evaluate real-time recording for a broader range of linguistic abilities.


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