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Measured Language

Quantitative Studies of Acquisition, Assessment, and Variation

Measured Language: Quantitative Studies of Acquisition, Assessment, and Variation focuses on ways in which various aspects of language can be quantified and how measurement informs and advances our understanding of language. The metaphors and operationalizations of quantification serve as an important lingua franca for seemingly disparate areas of linguistic research, allowing methods and constructs to be translated from one area of linguistic investigation to another.

Measured Language includes forms of measurement and quantitative analysis current in diverse areas of linguistic research from language assessment to language change, from generative linguistics to experimental psycholinguistics, and from longitudinal studies to classroom research. Contributors demonstrate how to operationalize a construct, develop a reliable way to measure it, and finally validate that measurement—and share the relevance of their perspectives and findings to other areas of linguistic inquiry. The range and clarity of the research collected here ensures that even linguists who would not traditionally use quantitative methods will find this volume useful.

About the Authors

Jeffrey Connor-Linton is associate professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and past president of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

Luke Wander Amoroso is a doctoral student in Georgetown's Linguistics program as well as a measurement/language testing expert with the US government and private companies.

Endorsements

"Georgetown Roundtables have always been notable for their richness of variety, and this volume is no exception. At the same time, a strong and persistent theme runs through this book: The irreducible centrality of quantification to understanding language, its learning, and use. Even for—perhaps especially for—the diehard qualitativist, this volume represents a signal reminder that quantification produces knowledge that cannot be ignored if language's vast complexity is to be understood."—Dwight Atkinson, associate professor, Purdue University

"In this volume, Connor-Linton and Amoroso bring together a fascinating collection of papers that cover broad linguistic territory but are united by the central role played by quantitative evidence. This refreshing perspective gives readers the opportunity to dip into research on language acquisition, foreign language learning, variation, and many other areas, and observe quantitative analysis in action. Whether you use such methods in your own work, or are a consumer of the research of others, you will find this collection interesting and enlightening."—Donna Christian, Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Linguistics

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