FLA assignment 1 - Natalie Yu Tsz Sum (1155000186) LING3201...

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Natalie Yu Tsz Sum (1155000186) LING3201 Assignment 1 October 3, 2011. 1 (a) In both numbers in both scripts, the utterances of “xxx” which something said by the child that cannot be heard clearly are omitted and not taken into calculation. The MLU calculated from the sample speech of a Cantonese-speaking child aged 1 year 10 months (ccc11008: 203-290): Number of words produced by the child: 19 Number of utterances produced by the child: 8 = 2.375 The MLU calculated from the sample speech of a Cantonese-speaking child aged 2 years 10 months (ccc21027): Number of words produced by the child: 38 Number of utterances produced by the child: 14 = 2.714 The child through one year has her MLU increased for 0.339. MLU has been widely used as a measure of children’s linguistics productivity, mostly making age-reference comparison, to see if the tested children are subject to any linguistics impairments. And it is a relatively easy way to make such evaluation; with the speech data accessible, it is possible, quick, and simple for even parents to measure their own children’s MLU at home. However, there are quite some limitations of the measuring of MLU. Firstly, MLU tends to reflect conversational context more than developmental stage of the child, some grammatical knowledge, such as clauses embedding, cannot be reflected through the calculation of MLU. MLU is insufficient in evaluating structural characteristics. Comparing
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This note was uploaded on 03/21/2012 for the course LING 300 taught by Professor Anthropology during the Spring '12 term at Wisconsin Milwaukee.

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