Determining a Zulu core vocabulary for children who use augmentative and alternative communication

Show simple item record Mngomezulu, Jocelyn Ruth Tonsing, Kerstin Monika Dada, Shakila Bokaba, Nomadlozi Brenda 2020-05-25T13:42:28Z 2019
dc.description.abstract Vocabulary selection is an important aspect to consider when designing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems for children who have not yet developed conventional literacy skills. AAC team members have used core vocabulary lists (representing words most commonly and frequently used by speakers of a natural language) as a resource to assist in this process. To date, there are no core vocabulary lists for Zulu. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify the vocabulary most frequently and commonly used by Zulu-speaking preschool children, in order to inform vocabulary selection for peers who use AAC. Communication samples from 6 Zulu-speaking participants without disabilities were collected during regular preschool activities. Analyses were conducted both by orthographic words and by morphological analysis of formatives. Due to the linguistic and orthographic structure of Zulu, an analysis by formatives was found to be more useful to determine a core vocabulary. The number of different formatives used, frequency of use, and commonality of use among the participants were identified. A total of 213 core formatives were identified; core formatives related to language structure were used more frequently than those that related to lexical content. The characteristics of this Zulu core vocabulary were consistent with those of core vocabularies established in other languages. Implications for the design of Zulu AAC systems are discussed. en_ZA
dc.description.department African Languages en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (CAAC) en_ZA
dc.description.embargo 2020-12-13
dc.description.librarian hj2020 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Jocelyn Mngomezulu, Kerstin M. Tönsing, Shakila Dada & Nomadlozi B. Bokaba (2019) Determining a Zulu core vocabulary for children who use augmentative and alternative communication, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, 35:4, 274-284, DOI: 10.1080/07434618.2019.1692902. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0743-4618 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1477-3848 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/07434618.2019.1692902
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019 International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. This is an electronic version of an article published in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, vol. 35, no. 4, pp. 274-284, 2019. doi : 10.1080/07434618.2019.1692902. Augmentative and Alternative Communication is available online at : en_ZA
dc.subject Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) en_ZA
dc.subject Core vocabulary en_ZA
dc.subject Preschool en_ZA
dc.subject Vocabulary selection en_ZA
dc.subject Zulu en_ZA
dc.subject.other Humanities articles SDG-04
dc.subject.other SDG-04: Quality education
dc.title Determining a Zulu core vocabulary for children who use augmentative and alternative communication en_ZA
dc.type Postprint Article en_ZA

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