The Use of Contrastive Analysis in Distinguishing Difference from Disorder: A Tutorial

Karla K. McGregor, Danielle Williams, Sarah Hearst, Amy C. Johnson

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Abstract

Contrastive analysis aids the identification of true speech-language errors in cases where there is a mismatch between the linguistic communities of the clinician and the client. This tutorial illustrates the procedure via three case studies of preschoolers who speak African American English (AAE). In these case studies, there was good agreement between the results of contrastive analysis and the results of more well-established comparison metrics, suggesting that contrastive analysis can yield valid profiles that aid in distinguishing difference from disorder in children who speak a nonstandard dialect.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-54
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican journal of speech-language pathology
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1997

Keywords

  • African American English
  • Contrastive analysis
  • Diagnosis
  • Nonstandard varieties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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