WKU student, Tanner Smith, successfully defended her thesis project
- Author: Friday, April 20th, 2018
Bowling Green, KY – Western Kentucky University Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) student, Tanner Smith, successfully defended her thesis project this semester.
Tanner Smith is also a campus graduate student in CSD. Following graduation in May, she will begin her clinical career as a speech-language pathologist with John Thompson Speech Pathology in Owensboro, Kentucky where she will serve kids of all ages and stages. Her current research interests include adolescent language and exploring language sampling procedures. Her graduate thesis, The Dixit Method of Language Sampling in Early Adolescence, compared the use of a novel language elicitation method to a standard interview protocol with 6th grade students. The purpose was to examine the effectiveness of the two procedures in eliciting lexical diversity in spoken language samples in the early adolescent population. To examine lexical diversity, traditional methods of analysis (type token ratio, average type token ratio, and mean length of utterance) were applied. However, because literature historically alludes to flaws in these traditional methods, the researchers also applied an ecological approach to analysis of lexical diversity proposed by Scott Jarvis. Both methods of language sampling were compared in a within-subject design for diversity of spoken language samples by applying the previously mentioned analysis procedures. Although the sample size was small, evidence from the study indicated the Dixit Method provides a more holistic view of lexical diversity than the traditional method by considering six ecological components that are reflected in typical language use.
Learn more about WKU Communication Sciences and Disorders program by visiting their website: http://www.wku.edu/communicationdisorders/
Contact: Leigh Anne Roden-Carrier
Communication Sciences and Disorders