Pre-conference tutorials

Pre-conference tutorials on Research Tools

for the Study of Language


Date:       September 7, 2010

Venue:    Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Campus de la Comunicació - Poblenou

                Edifici Tallers, Aula 54.007

                (c/ Roc Boronat, 138. Barcelona)   How to get there


Morning tutorial (9:00 am - 1:30 pm)

Title: "Individual Growth Modeling: Introduction to Multilevel Model for Change"


Presenter: Suzanne E. Graham (University of New Hampshire)



Researchers studying language acquisition often ask questions about growth or change over time. Answering such questions accurately necessitates the use of longitudinal data and the application of appropriate methods for conducting analyses with such data. This one-day seminar will provide a general introduction to the use of multilevel modeling to analyze longitudinal data on change over time. Specific topics to be addressed will include: (1) using exploratory techniques to investigate individual change trajectories; (2) understanding two-level growth models and fitting them to data; (3) nonlinear growth; and (4) time-varying predictors. SAS and SPSS code will be provided for all examples. Participants should have a solid understanding of multiple regression analysis.


Afternoon tutorial (3:00 pm - 7:30 pm)


Title: "Updating CLAN tools and introducing PHON program"

Presenter: Jacqueline van Kampen (Utrecht University) & Joan Borràs-Comes (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)



This tutorial will focus on the CLAN tools for analyzing CHILDES data. This session will consist in hands-on exercises. We will start with some analytical tools to extract data from existing corpora. This will include tips about parts-of-speech analysis for morphologically coded data. You will further get acquainted with the tools for linking sound/video with transcripts and for extracting CLAN outputs into Excel.

The session will also include a PHON tutorial. Built to support research in phonological development, second language acquisition, and phonological disorders, PHON can be used to cover virtually all types of phonological investigations.

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