This project aims to (1) develop KIDEVAL for Chinese (KIDEVAL-C), an automated analysis tool, which will allow researchers, clinicians, and educators to assess language proficiency in Mandarin Chinese-speaking children, (2) to understand growth and change in Mandarin speaking children’s language abilities based on the analysis of KIDEVAL-C, and (3) to construct a server with pages in Chinese to promote use of KIDEVAL-C. We have achieved the above three purposes, and completed the following work: (1) developing and curating the Mandarin comparison database by digitizing the Mandarin audio data and linking them to transcripts, (2) donating more than 500 Mandarin Chinese-speaking children’s corpora to CHILDES, (3) developing an automatic word segmentation tool for Mandarin (zhoseg) and improving and extending current systems for automatic morphosyntactic analysis of Mandarin Chinese child language, (4) extending the coverage of the KIDEVAL-C program to features unique to Mandarin Chinese, (5) completing the construction of KIDEVAL-C website and holding a workshop introducing KIDEVAL-C website, and (6) applying KIDEVAL-C to analyze the growth and change in semantic and syntactic abilities in three- to five-year-old Mandarin Chinese-speaking children over time and publishing a paper on basic language measures in Mandarin Chinese-speaking children. KIDEVAL-C provides an important tool that one can use to appraise and understand child Mandarin ability with speed and accuracy and can be applied to school and clinical assessment and intervention.
|Effective start/end date||2017/08/01 → 2020/10/31|
- language development
- language assessment
- language sampling
- Mandarin Chinese
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