The divergent nature of language performance and social use of language: An online scale for the Assessment of Language in Adults using Self-reported Skills (ALASS)

JOYCE, Hannah and AGUADO OREA, Jose Javier (2022). The divergent nature of language performance and social use of language: An online scale for the Assessment of Language in Adults using Self-reported Skills (ALASS). International Journal of Developmental Science.

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    Abstract

    The Assessment of Language in Adults using Self-reported Skills (ALASS) is an online tool aimed at providing a rapid indication of skills at two levels: performance and social use of language. In Study 1, we have developed and validated a new tool with two objective measures: a lexical decision test and a grammaticality judgement test, completed online by 280 participants. Results show that ALASS is a good predictor of the outcomes for reaction times in the objective measures. In study 2, we have collected additional data to validate the social implications of ALASS, also showing a considerable explanatory power in this case, and strengthening the divergent nature of language when it is used with a social purpose against a more cognitive function (i.e. literacy and language production and comprehension). Considering its explanatory power for lexical performance, we believe that the scale has a potential applicability in the assessment of adults that could have missed a diagnosis of Developmental Language Disorder during childhood.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: 1109 Neurosciences; 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.3233/DEV-210316
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 14:26
    Last Modified: 26 Apr 2022 16:40
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29882

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