First Advisor

Mary E. Gordon

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Speech with Emphasis in Speech Pathology


Speech Communication




Children -- Language -- Testing



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1 online resource (83 p.)


The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of geographical differences on the DSS normative data for children ages 2 6.0 to 6.11, by comparing the original DSS normative data (Koenigsknecht, 1974) with that obtained in Canby, Oregon. A collateral purpose was to develop norms for the geographical area of Canby, Oregon, using the DSS procedure. Forty children, ten within each of the four, three-month age subgroups between 6.0 and 6.11, were chosen. All of the children came from monolingual, middle-class families and had normal hearing, normal receptive vocabulary skills, and no known unusual social, developmental, or behavioral histories. A language sample, from which a corpus of 50 utterances was selected for analysis, was elicited from each child. Each corpus was analyzed according to the DSS procedures recommended by Lee (1974).


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