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Speech Analysis- The language sample that was analyzed was taken from a child 4 years and 11 months old The recording took place in the childs bedroom and I was the only other person present The sample analysis is based on approximately 15 minutes of speech or 50 utterances After transcribing the sample I first calculated the Type Token Ratio TTR The Type Token Ratio measures the childs lexical diversity It is calculated by dividing the total number of different words by the total number of words Your result is then compared to normative data The Type Token Ratio of my language sample was 424 resulting from the total number of 135 different words divided by the total number of 318 words Comparing my result to the norm of a child about the same age there is a difference of 03 This means that the Type Token Ratio of my language sample is not significantly under the mean The child has about the same lexical diversity as most children her age The second analysis was a measure of the childs grammatical or syntactic development This was determined by finding the Mean Length Utterance MLU The Mean Length Utterance can be found by first adding up the total number of morphemes basic unit of meaning in the sample and then dividing it by the total number of utterances which was 50 in this case The total number of morphemes in the sample was 379 This resulted in a MLU of 758 Also comparing this result to the range of children within one standard deviation of the predicted MLU it can be seen that the child is over the normal range of 444-682 This could mean that the child is slightly ahead in syntactic development for her age but it also must be taken into a count that this was only calculated from 50 utterances which is a small representation of the childs speech and development
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