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Click on the picture of the 6-year-old girl to the left to listen to her language sample.   Follow along with her, transcribe what she is saying, and calculate her MLU in morphemes.


Click on the picture of the 2.5-year-old boy to the left to listen to his language sample.  Follow along with him, transcribe what he is saying, and calculate his MLU in morphemes.




























































         




Hold on.  (Xx xx xx xx.)  You might want to look at picture of the back.  It’s scary, isn’t it?  But, you hafta have the nunchuck pole.  (Ah) then you don’t use anything with it. You just press B to shoot.  And you hold on to the nunchuck and plug it in.  You hold on to the nunchuck. You just don’t do anything with it.  But you press A, B (C).  Or just A or B.  To dodge.  And like.  You wanna see the pictures again?  (Hmm) that’s scary.  And you get to be lots of characters on each board.  (Which one you want…)  (I'd rather be the girl xx xx be the boy.)  (Ooh oh oh.)  We have fun shooting zombies.  But usually I give up.

MLU in morphemes = 6.27
(113 morphemes/18 complete and intelligible utterances)


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Hold hold+Verb+Pres
on   on+Adv
(Action)
.    .

You  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Experiencer)
might might+Aux
want want+Verb+Pres
(State)
to   to+Prep/Part
look look+Verb+Pres+Inf
(Action)
at   at+Prep
picture    picture+Noun+Sg
(Entity)
of   of+Prep
the  the+Det
back back+Noun+Sg
(Location/Attribute)
.    .
It   it+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Entity)
’s   ’s+Copula contracted
scary scary+Adj
(Attribute)
isn’t isn’t+Copula contracted+Negative
it   it+Pron+Pers+Obj
(entity)
?    ?
But  but+Conj
you  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Person/Experiencer)
hafta hafta +Catenative
have have+Verb+Pres
(State)
the  the+Det
nunchuck  nunchuck  +Adjective
pole pole+Noun+Sg
(Attribute, Entity)
.
Ah   ah+Interj
then then+Adv
you  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
don’t don’t +Do auxiliary
use  use+Verb+Pres
(Negative/Rejection)
anything   anything+Pron+Obj
with with+Prep
it   it+Pron+Pers+Obj
(Entity)
.    .
You  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
just just+Adv
press press+Verb+Pres
(Action)
B    B+Noun
(Object)
to   to+Prep/Part

shoot shoot+Verb+Pres+Inf
(Action)
.    .
And  And+Conjunction
you  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
hold hold+Verb+Pres
on   on+Adv
(Action)
to   to+Prep
the  the+Det
nunchuck  nunchuck+Noun
(object)
and  and+Conj+Coor 
plug plug+Verb+Pres
it   it+Pron+Pers+Obj
in   in+Prep
(Action, Object)
.    .
You  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
hold hold+Verb+Pres
on   on+Adv
(Action)
to   to+Prep
the  the+Det+
nunchuck  nunchuck  +Noun
(Object)
.    .
You  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
just just+Adv
don’t don’t +Do+Aux+Negative
do   do+Verb+Pres
anything   anything+Pron+Obj
(Negative/Rejection, Action)
with with+Prep
it   it+Pron+Pers+Obj
(Object)
.    .
But  but+Conj
you  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
press press+Verb+Pres
(Action)
A    A+Noun
B    B+Noun
(C)
(Object)
.    .
Or   or+Conj+Coord
just just+Adv
(Action (ellipsis))
A    A+Noun
or   or+Conj+Coord
B.   B.+Noun
(Object)
To   to+Prep/Part
dodge dodge+Verb+Pres
(Action)
.    .
And  And+Conj
like like+Conj
.    .
You  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
wanna wanna +Catenative
see  see+Verb+Pres+Inf
(Action)
the  the+Det
pictures   picture+Noun+Pl
(Object/Entity)
again again+Adv
(Recurrence)
?    ?
Hmm  hmm+Interj 
that that+Pron+Nom
(Entity)
’s   ’s+copula contracted
scary scary+Adj
(Attribute)
.    .
And  And+Conj
you  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Experiencer)
get  get+Verb+Pres
to   to+Prep/Part
be   be+Verb+Inf
(State)
lots lot+Noun+Pl
of   of+Prep
characters character+Noun+Pl
(Person)
on   on+Prep
each each+Det+Sg
board board+Noun+Sg
(Location, Attribute)
.    .
Which which+Det
one  one+Pron+Nom
(Entity)
you  you+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Experiencer)
want want+Verb+Pres
(State)
    
I    I+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Experiencer)
'd   'd+Modal Aux Contracted
rather     rather+Adv
be   be+Verb
(State)
the  the+Det
girl girl+Noun+Sg
(Attribute/Person)

xx

xx
be   be+Verb
the  the+Det
boy  boy+Noun+Sg
(State, Attribute/Person)
.    . 
Ooh  ooh+Interj
oh   oh+Interj
oh   oh+Interj
.    .
We   we+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Experiencer, Agent)
have have+Verb+Pres
fun  fun+Noun+Sg
(State)
shooting   shoot+Verb+Prog
(Action)
zombies    zombie+Noun+Pl
(Object)
.    .
But  but+Conj
usually    usually+Adv
(Attribute)
I    I+Pron+Pers+Nom
(Agent)
give give+Verb+Pres
up   up+VerbPart
(Action)
.    .



























Cheese. (My name ehn.)  (My name.)  (My name xxx.)  (Your name xx.)  (Your name xxx.)  (Your name xx.)  (My mommy name is -- ehn.)  My mommy go work.  Yeah.  My daddy go work too.  His name is Uncle Jerry.  His name is daddy.  His name is daddy.

(Semantic relations/Theta units expressed : Action, Possession, Agent, Action, Location, Recurrance, Attribute)


MLU in morphemes = 3.4
( 24 morphemes/7 complete and intelligible utterances)