The Computerized Profiling (CP) software extracts several quantitative measures from a transcribed sample of a client's language. These analyses include the Mean Length of Utterance in Words (MLU-W) and in Morphemes (MLU-M), the Mean Syntactic Length (MSL), the Syntactic Complexity Score (SCS), Developmental Sentence Scoring (DSS), the Index of Productive Syntax (IPSyn), and the Picture-Elicited Screening Procedure for LARSP (PSL). The validity of these measures was examined by comparing them to the number of finite nominal, adverbial, and relative clauses contained in samples from 54 first-, 48 third-, and 48 fifth-grade students and 24 young adults. The DSS and SCS correlated highly with the frequency of complex constructions; MLU-W, MLU-M, and MSL correlated moderately; and IPSyn and PSL correlated minimally at best.
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Communication Disorders
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Minch, Stacy Lynn, "Validity of Seven Syntactic Analyses Performed by the Computerized Profiling Software" (2009). All Theses and Dissertations. 1774.
Language sample analysis, Computerized Profiling, Automated language sample analysis