In the field of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC), the notion that vocabulary can be classified as “core” or “fringe” has become a fundamental dichotomy. Following a brief history of core as demonstrated by a select number of key articles from 1920’s onwards, this presentation will revisit the core/fringe distinction and frame it as a statistical phenomenon rather than an actually dichotomy. Further, the concept of “keyword” vocabulary will be introduced to describe words that have both core and fringe properties. And using tools from the field of Corpus Linguistics, the presentation will demonstrate the importance of data collection and how that data can be used to help develop intervention strategies.

* This course will not be automatically reported to the ASHA Registry.

* This course is an acceptable professional development activity for
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Financial Disclosure

The presenter is a full-time salaried employee of the Prentke Romich Company and the creator of the Realize Language online data analysis website, which is a product he will refer to in the presentation. He receives no income or royalties for this as it was a work-for-hire. Presenter will receive a monetary compensation from YGU for this course.

Non-Financial Disclosure:

He is also the author of the Quick AAC Developmental Profile (QUAD Profile) that will be mentioned in the presentation but he provides this as a free tool and receives no other income from it.

After completing this course, the student will be able to...

  1. Define Core, Fringe, and Key words as they relate to Corpus Linguistics and AAC.
  2. Access the online Corpus of Contemporary American English and search the frequency of occurrence of single words.
  3. Cite three important articles from the history of research into core vocabulary.

Course Agenda

5 minutes: Introductions and disclosures. 5 minutes: Exposition of Core versus Fringe versus Keyword vocabulary. 5 minutes: Historical overview of vocabulary studies and their relation to core vocabulary. 5 minutes: Overview of the field of Corpus Linguistics and its relevance to AAC 10 minutes: Demonstration of online Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA). 5 minutes: Value of data collection and application to AAC practice 10 minutes: Demonstration of online Realize Language database derived from COCA. 5 minutes: Demonstration of how to use WordSmith software to create keyword lists. 5 minutes: Participant interaction and discussion. 5 minutes: Conclusion and wrap up.

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