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    Elicited Production of WH-Questions in a Dialect-Neutral Language Assessment.  
Peter de Villiers - Smith College
Jill de Villiers - Smith College
Shoshana Narva - Smith College

SRCLD Year: 2003
Presentation Type: Paper
Presentation Time: (na)
The poster describes an effective picture-based wh-question elicitation procedure that provides a dialect neutral assessment of children’s ability to ask the right question to find out information that they need. What, where, who, how and why questions were reliably elicited from 1014 four to nine-year-olds in the field testing of a new comprehensive test of language development, the Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation. Developmental growth curves were the same for mainstream English speakers and matched African-American English speakers. For both dialect groups, the elicitation procedure reliably distinguished between typically developing children and language-impaired children. Language-impaired children were significantly less able at all ages to produce a semantically appropriate wh-question of the type motivated by the pictured situation. We conclude that elicited production procedures such as this one can be particularly informative in semantic and pragmatic assessment as a supplement to naturalistic language sampling.
Supported in part by: NIDCD and NICHD, NIH, R13 DC001677, Susan Ellis Weismer, Principal Investigator
University of Wisconsin-Madison - Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders