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Adaptation of a Vocabulary Test from British Sign Language to American Sign Language

Mann, W., Roy, P. & Morgan, G. (2016). Adaptation of a Vocabulary Test from British Sign Language to American Sign Language. Language Testing, 33(1), pp. 3-22. doi: 10.1177/0265532215575627


This study describes the adaptation process of a vocabulary knowledge test for British Sign Language (BSL) into American Sign Language (ASL) and presents results from the first round of pilot testing with twenty deaf native ASL signers. The web-based test assesses the strength of deaf children’s vocabulary knowledge by means of different mappings of phonological form and meaning of signs. The adaptation from BSL to ASL involved nine stages, which included forming a panel of deaf/hearing experts, developing a set of new items and revising/replacing items considered ineffective, and piloting the new version. Results provide new evidence in support of the use of this methodology for assessing sign language, making a useful contribution toward the availability of tests to assess deaf children’s signed
language skills.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Sage 2015
Publisher Keywords: Sign language, signed language assessment, test adaptation, test development, vocabulary testing, web-based testing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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