Difference vs. Deficit: Delving Into a Solution With the New Norm-Referenced Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation (DELV-NR) ASHA's position on social dialects is clear, stating that “no dialectal variety of English is a disorder or a pathological form of speech or language” (ASHA, 1983, 2003). Yet, until the publication of the norm-referenced Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation (DELV-NR) in July 2005 (Seymour, Roeper, & de Villiers), ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2006
Difference vs. Deficit: Delving Into a Solution With the New Norm-Referenced Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation (DELV-NR)
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Linda Bland-Stewart
    The George Washington University, Washington, DC
  • Barbara Zurer Pearson
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
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Article   |   March 01, 2006
Difference vs. Deficit: Delving Into a Solution With the New Norm-Referenced Diagnostic Evaluation of Language Variation (DELV-NR)
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 2006, Vol. 13, 18-24. doi:10.1044/cds13.1.18
Perspectives on Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Populations, March 2006, Vol. 13, 18-24. doi:10.1044/cds13.1.18
Acknowledgment
This work was supported in whole or in part by NIH contract N01-DC8-2104 to H. Seymour, P. I., and T. Roeper and J. de Villiers, co-collaborators. Figures are from the DSLT and trial items of the DELV, copyright ©2003 by Harcourt Assessment. Reproduced with permission. All rights reserved.
Note: The DELV tests were developed for AAE- and MAE-speaking children. Their appropriateness for speakers of other dialects, and in particular non-native speakers, has not been established. Second-language speakers with strong skills in English can demonstrate their proficiency on the DELV, but if they do poorly on the DELV-ST or DELV-NR, their performance may be attributable to other factors and by itself is not an indication for them of language difficulty in general.
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