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Issues in Development of the Test Battery for Australian Sign Language Morphology and Syntax

Adam Schembri, Gillian Wigglesworth, Trevor Johnston, Greg Leigh, Robert Adam and Roz Barker
Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education
Vol. 7, No. 1 (Winter 2002), pp. 18-40
Published by: Oxford University Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42658601
Page Count: 23
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Issues in Development of the Test Battery for Australian Sign Language Morphology and Syntax
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Abstract

In this article, we outline the initial stages in development of an assessment instrument for Australian Sign Language and explore issues involved in the development of such a test. We first briefly describe the instruments currently available for assessing grammatical skills in Australian Sign Language and discuss the need for a more objective measure. We then describe our adaptation of an existing American Sign Language test, the Test Battery for American Sign Language Morphology and Syntax. Finally, this article presents some of the data collected from a group of deaf native signers. These data are used to demonstrate the range of variability in key grammatical features of Australian Sign Language and to raise methodological issues associated with signed language test design.

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