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Dense sampling

Lieven, Elena and Behrens, Heike. (2012) Dense sampling. In: Research methods in child language : a practical guide. Malden, pp. 226-239.

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Abstract

This chapter describes the methods used to develop much denser samples of children’s naturalistic speech than have previously been available. Most longitudinal corpora capture an estimated 1–2% of children’s speech. Depending on the exact sampling regime, the new dense corpora capture an estimated 7–15%. Dense sampling is important in assessing the productivity of children’s grammars and in the collection of rarer structures. It also allows much more reliable quantitative comparisons between the input and the child’s developing system as well as the use of computational and modeling methods that cannot be used with corpora of smaller sizes. The collection and transcription of these denser corpora is complete or under way for English, German, Polish, Japanese, Estonian, and Finnish. The limitations of the method are the extensive resources that are required and, given this, the fact that corpora can only be collected from a very small number of children.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Deutsche Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Kognitive Linguistik und Spracherwerbsforschung (Behrens, dt. Sprachw.)
04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Kognitive Linguistik und Spracherwerbsforschung (Behrens, engl. Sprachw.)
UniBasel Contributors:Behrens, Heike
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Book Chapter
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN:978-1-4443-3124-0 (hbk.)
Series Name:Guides to research methods in language and linguistics
Issue Number:2
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Book item
Language:English
Last Modified:31 Dec 2015 10:54
Deposited On:31 Jan 2014 09:50

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