An Equation for Assessing Language Development Samples of language from the speech of 200 children, ranging in age from two years and six months to twelve years, were used to obtain an equation for predicting the degree of language development as measured by psychological scale values. Predictors retained in the final equation are the mean of ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1967
An Equation for Assessing Language Development
 
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  • Thomas H. Shriner
    University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois
  • Dorothy Sherman
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1967
An Equation for Assessing Language Development
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1967, Vol. 10, 41-48. doi:10.1044/jshr.1001.41
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1967, Vol. 10, 41-48. doi:10.1044/jshr.1001.41

Samples of language from the speech of 200 children, ranging in age from two years and six months to twelve years, were used to obtain an equation for predicting the degree of language development as measured by psychological scale values. Predictors retained in the final equation are the mean of the five longest responses, the number of one-word responses, the number of different words, and the structural complexity score. A multiple-regression procedure yielded a final R of 0.85. Although deleted from the final equation, the best single predictor is the mean length of response. The Standard deviation of response length was found to have no systematic relationship to psychological scale values of language development.

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