Certain aspects of the use of psychological rating scale methods for measuring degrees of language development in the speech of children are evaluated. That typed samples from children's speech can be scaled reliably is demonstrated. Comparisons are made among correlation coefficients which were obtained for the purpose of estimating relationships among three measures of language development for the same set of 50 samples of children's language: structural complexity scores obtained by analysis of the samples; scale values of intricacy of language usage obtained by the psychological scaling method of Equal-Appearing Intervals; and mean estimates of age derived from sophisticated observers' judgments. The conclusion was drawn that psychological scaling of various aspects of children's language could provide new and useful tools for the study of and the assessment of children's language development.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1965 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Sherman, Dorothy; Shriner, Thomas; and Silverman, Franklin
"Psychological Scaling of Language Development of Children,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 72(1), 366-371.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol72/iss1/53