Laying the groundwork for the DELV (Precursor literature, dissertations, joint work of the Working Groups prior to the conceptualization of the DELV)

Publication Date



Seymour, H.N., Roeper, T., & de Villiers, J. G. (2001, Nov). Assessing what every 5-year-old should know. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association, New Orleans LA.


In this session we're going to talk about assessing language skills in 5-year-olds, bascially assessing language skills in 4 to 8 year olds as it turns out, simply to introduce you to the area. This is part of a substantive project involving collaboration between Harry Seymour and Tom Roeper at UMass and Jill de Villiers and Peter de Villiers at Smith College. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health, trying to develop a comprehensive test of language functioning in children between ages of 4 and about 8 to 10, and in particular, trying to develop a test that is dialect neutral.

Journal or Book Title

Annual Meeting of the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association



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