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Divergences Between Complexity and Performance in Language Sample Analysis: Examples from a Pilot Study

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Peter T Cahill, McMaster University; Patricia Cleave, Dalhousie University; Elissa Asp, Saint Mary's University; Bonita Squires, Dalhousie University; Elizabeth Kay-Raining Bird, Dalhousie University.

Language sample analysis (LSA) is a flexible assessment technique which provides rich data which can be examined in many ways. Some analysis techniques for LSA are thought to better represent the communication abilities of children from diverse backgrounds, including children acquiring more than one language. In this study of language samples from 48 English monolingual and English-French bilingual children in two age groups (7 to 8 and 11 to 12), divergences between mazing, errors and measures of syntactic complexity suggest the need for further research and cautious interpretation of individual measures, especially when assessing the communication of bilingual children.



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Speech-Language Pathologists

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School Aged (5-17)