This part is due MONDAY
Added clarifications in red!
For many years, people have recorded children's early speech. These transcripts are available for researchers to use to ask and answer questions about early language development. In this assignment you will come up with your own question about language development. In the next class your group will choose one question and find a way of answering it using the transcripts.
2. Here are the transcripts for one child, named Eve, usually talking with her mother. We have examples of her conversations at 5 different ages:
These trasncripts were chosen because it is a nice sampling over a period in which this child is undergoing dramatic changes in language development. However, if you are interested in other issues, for example, bilingual children or children with traumatic brain injury, there are also transcripts of children in these groups that you could work on. If your are interested in these "special" cases, just send me an email and I would be more than happy to provide you with trasncripts for you to work on. It would be great if everybody could ask (and answer!) a question they truly find interesting.
Some things to note on the transcripts:
@Participants: CHI Eve Target_Child, MOT Sue Mother, COL Colin
These keys tell you who is speaking. Typically CHI is the Eve, MOT is the mother and so on. Nobody knows who is Frasier! :)
Investigator, RIC Richard Investigator
@Age of CHI: 1;6.0
@Sex of CHI: Female
@Time Duration: 10:00-11:00
3. Read a section of the transcripts. You do not need to read all the sections, or even a whole section. You need to read enough of it to see what kind of data could be gleaned from it. For example, if there are no annotations saying things like "child points at carrots", then you cannot know if the utterance "crayon!" was an overextension, so a question about overextensions would be hard (if not impossible) to answer from these transcripts.
4. With the background of the text chapter, think up one question about early language development that can be answered using these transcripts. Remember that the question has to be specific enough to answer using the data that you have.
Your question may require a longitudinal study (so you look at the transcripts at different ages) or a cross-sectional design (so you just look at one age). At this point you need only worry about your question being answerable from the transcripts. Do not choose a cross-sectional question just because you think a longitudinal study will be too much work! Choose a question you find interesting. There are ways to make the design more manageable and you'll work on doing that in groups and with my help on Monday.
5. Identify which part or parts of language development you question is addressing.
6. Very briefly summarize the background of your question: We know [fact about language development] which suggests [question]. In other words, why is this question interesting?