Item Selection for a Structural Priming Task to be used with Spanish-English Bilingual Children with and without Language Impairment

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Title: Item Selection for a Structural Priming Task to be used with Spanish-English Bilingual Children with and without Language Impairment
Author: Eagleson, Rebecca
Abstract: Results from traditional assessment measures used with Spanish -English bilingual children may not be representative of this population’s morphosyntactic abilities due to their dynamic proficiencies . Short -term learning tasks such as structural priming may provide more comprehensive information on bilingual children’s morphosyntactic abilities . The purpose of this thesis was to analyze items from the experimental version of the Bilingual English Spanish Assessment -Middle Extension (BESA -ME ) in order to select appropriate item types to be used on a structural priming task . The Experimental BESA -ME was administered to 137 children with typical development and 37 children with language impairment between the ages of 7 ;0 to 9 ;11 . Results revealed that appropriate items for a structural priming task were third -person singular , past tense , and possessives in English , and conditionals , subjunctives , and direct object clitics in Spanish . Depending on the purpose of the structural priming tasks , additional items also showed potential for use .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1303
Date: 2010-10-29

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Item Selection for a Structural Priming Task to be used with Spanish-English Bilingual Children with and without Language Impairment. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1303 .

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