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Pauline Frizelle

Pauline Frizelle

Pauline Frizelle

BSc(Hons), MA, PhD.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Developing a computerized assessment of complex syntax

My work currently is focussing on the development of an assessment of complex syntax.  Despite the fact that proficiency in complex syntax is considered to have a large impact on educational success, we currently have very little information regarding typically developing children’s understanding of complex sentences. Without this knowledge in relation to typically developing children it is impossible for us to effectively address the needs of those with impaired language. 

My aim is to develop an animated computerized assessment of complex syntax, which will firstly allow therapists and educationalists gain a more accurate assessment of the language structures that typically developing children understand. The assessment will then allow us to investigate how groups of children with impaired language (specifically those with Autism and intellectual disability) perform with these types of sentences. 

I am interested in assessment methodologies and the problems evinced by those who use them. In addition my interest is in moving the field of speech and language therapy forward in relation to evidence based intervention techniques.

I am a management committe member of the European Cost Action - Enhancing children's oral language skills across Europe and beyond: a collaboration focusing on interventions for children with difficulties learning their first language.

On completion of this project I will return to Univeristy College Cork, Ireland to take up a lecturing position. 

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