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An association strength approach to characterizing development in corpora


Stoll, Sabine; Gries, Stefan (2009). An association strength approach to characterizing development in corpora. Journal of Child Language, 36(5):1075-1090.

Abstract

In this paper we propose a method for characterizing development in large longitudinal corpora. The method has the following three features: (i) it suggests how to represent development without assuming predefined stages; (ii) it includes caregiver speech/child-directed speech; (iii) it uses statistical association measures for investigating co-occurrence data. We exemplify the implementation of these proposals with data on the acquisition of the patterning of tense and grammatical aspect of four Russian children. The method, however, is suitable for a wide range of other acquisition questions as well.

Abstract

In this paper we propose a method for characterizing development in large longitudinal corpora. The method has the following three features: (i) it suggests how to represent development without assuming predefined stages; (ii) it includes caregiver speech/child-directed speech; (iii) it uses statistical association measures for investigating co-occurrence data. We exemplify the implementation of these proposals with data on the acquisition of the patterning of tense and grammatical aspect of four Russian children. The method, however, is suitable for a wide range of other acquisition questions as well.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:13 Aug 2015 11:51
Last Modified:08 May 2016 06:50
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0305-0009
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/S0305000909009337
Related URLs:http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=6407044&fileId=S0305000909009337 (Publisher)

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