This dissertation is about the development of a descriptive grammar assessment tool for use with Russian speakers. Despite a long history of interest in Russian developmental grammar, there exist few tools designed specifically for the purpose of assessing grammar in children suspected of having language impairment. This dissertation is about creating an assessment within the framework of the Language Assessment, Remediation and Screening Procedure (or LARSP), which is a framework for language analysis that yields profiles of grammatical strengths and weaknesses of a speaker based on the grammatical structures found within samples of the child's natural conversation. The LARSP had been successfully adapted for use with other languages, but not yet Russian, even though Russian is spoken natively by millions of people around the world. The aim of this dissertation was to create a Russian profile in the tradition of LARSP based on the existing Russian developmental literature, archived language corpora, and new language data collected specially for this project. The result is a chart that contains the earliest grammatical structures that Russian children produce, generally sequenced by order of appearance and increasing complexity for ages 0 to 3. Charts for individual children are provided as illustrative examples of the application of the Russian Language Assessment, Remediation and Screening Procedure (RuLARSP) to Russian child language. The RuLARSP presented here is an important step to ultimately creating a free and widely available tool for clinicians serving Russian speakers.
|Advisor:||Tetnowski, John, Müller, Nicole|
|Commitee:||Oxley, Judith, Roussel, Nancye|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|Department:||Applied Language and Speech Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Speech therapy, Language|
|Keywords:||Developmental russian, Language Assessment, Remediation and Screening Procedure, Russian language assessments|
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