Counting MLU in morphemes and MLU in words in a normally developing child and child with a language disorder: A comparative study

Authors

  • Hakim Arif Assistant Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Dhaka
  • Gerard W Bol Associate Professor, Dept. of Linguistics, University of Groningen

Keywords:

Mean Length of Utterance, MLUm, MLUw, CHILDES, SLI, CLAN

Abstract

This paper provides a detailed description of Mean Length of Utterance (MLU) including a research experiment with a view to getting a comparative result on counting MLUm and MLUw - two specialized versions of MLU. In this experiment the data of a normally developing child and a child with language disorder have been taken from CHILDES database. The result which is relevant to some other previous studies shows that there exists a strong correlation between MLUm and MLUw. Thus, as a means of calculating MLU, MLUw could be preferred because it is easier, less technical in terms of grammatical complexity as well as a language or dialect neutral procedure.

Key words: Mean Length of Utterance, MLUm, MLUw, CHILDES, SLI, CLAN  

Dhaka University Journal of Linguistics Vol.1(1) 2008, 167-182  

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Arif, H., & Bol, G. W. (2009). Counting MLU in morphemes and MLU in words in a normally developing child and child with a language disorder: A comparative study. Dhaka University Journal of Linguistics, 1(1), 167–182. Retrieved from https://www.banglajol.info/index.php/DUJL/article/view/3345

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English Essays