Interspeech2021: Parental Spoken Scaffolding & Narrative Skills in Crowd-Sourced Story Samples
Our interdisciplinary article looking at what happened when we noticed that (despite instructions) parents were observed to speak during the crowd-sourced storytelling samples gathered as part of the citizen science work package in 2020. As part of the Horizon 2020 funded TAPAS programme, the University of Sheffield's Zhengjun Yue was seconded to Therapy Box and undertook the work analysing whether children's performance on microstructural and macrostructural language features was related to whether parents were observed to speak in their recorded samples. A bidirectional relationship was observed between scaffolding and young children’s narrative language ability.
The full article is available from the Interspeech proceedings this week, so you can read more and find out what we discovered. Yue, Z., Barker, J., Christensen, H., McKean, C., Ashton, E., Wren, Y., Gadgil, S., Bright, R. (2021) Parental Spoken Scaffolding and Narrative Skills in Crowd-Sourced Storytelling Samples of Young Children. Proc. Interspeech 2021, 2946-2950, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2021-1297