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Analysis Questions

  • SALT for Monolingual Spanish speakers

    Does SALT have reference data for monolingual Spanish speakers?

    Posted by SALT Support Staff Oct 5, 2014

  • Tag questions

    I have a few questions about tag questions: For example: P It is a red ball, huh? P You can't open it, can you? P It's your ball, isn't it? P Let's not do that, OK? We had a few things were curious about concerning tag questions. The first is that children in our samples do not often respond to tag questions (often, the intonation from the adult seems to be a statement rather than a question). Our understanding of SALT is that after each utterance is marked with a question mark, SALT will analyze the immediately following response from the child as "Responses to Questions". Therefore, if children in our samples don't usually respond to tag questions but the adult in the sample is constantly using them, we worried if this would affect responses negatively? Would it be advisable to end the tag question with a period if intonation suggests that the phrase with the tag is being used more as a comment rather than a true question? Posted by SALT Support Staff Sep 21, 2014

  • Prefixes

    I noticed that SALT 2012 introduced a convention for marking prefixes, e.g., un\happy. Are prefixes marked in the reference database samples? Posted by SALT Support Staff Sep 16, 2014

  • Sample Length

    How many utterances are needed for a valid language sample? Posted by SALT Support Staff on Sep 16, 2014

  • Syntactic structures analysis

    Does SALT provide information regarding the syntactic structures present and absent in the transcript and age appropriate norms for those structures? For example, the child uses the verb phrase modulation of uncontractable copula but does not use the modal, which children at age * are using? Posted by SALT Support Staff on Sep 16, 2014

  • Compound words, derived words, comparatives, and superlatives

    Why aren't compound words counted as more than one morpheme? The same question applies for derived words. There is ample evidence that young children productively use some derivations (e.g., agentive -er or adjectival -y), as well as produce novel compounds. Why aren't inflections such as comparatives and superlatives counted? Posted by SALT Support Staff Sep 16, 2014

  • Understanding % response to questions

    In our analyses, there are different values for child's % response to questions in the Discourse Summary. At the first section of the report, there is a line item labeled “Responses to Questions” followed by the Child’s score in terms of number and percent (19%). The third section of the report is labeled “Responses to Questions” and include the line item “% Responses to Questions” followed by a value (76%). Why is this and what do the two mean? Which value represents the correct percent of responses to questions in the transcript? Posted by SALT Support Staff on Sep 16, 2014

  • Written samples?

    Can SALT be used with written samples?

  • More than 2 speakers

    I am hoping to use SALT for my current research project, which involves the transcription and coding of focus group interviews. Do you know of a way to use SALT with more than two speakers? Posted by SALT Support Staff on Sep 21, 2014

  • Analysis Set vs. Total Utterances

    I am brand new to using SALT and I don't understand the difference between Analysis Set and Total Utterances. I'd appreciate any information. Thanks! Posted by Rebecca Green on Dec 17, 2014

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