Paper: A Corpus-Based Approach for the Prediction of Language Impairment in Monolingual English and Spanish-English Bilingual Children

ACL ID N09-1006
Title A Corpus-Based Approach for the Prediction of Language Impairment in Monolingual English and Spanish-English Bilingual Children
Venue Human Language Technologies
Session Main Conference
Year 2009
Authors

In this paper we explore a learning-based ap- proach to the problem of predicting language impairment in children. We analyzed sponta- neous narratives of children and extracted fea- tures measuring different aspects of language including morphology, speech fluency, lan- guage productivity and vocabulary. Then, we evaluated a learning-based approach and com- pared its predictive accuracy against a method based on language models. Empirical re- sults on monolingual English-speaking chil- dren and bilingual Spanish-English speaking children show the learning-based approach is a promising direction for automatic language assessment.