Analysis of Language-Speech Samples with Salt and Pepper
Microcomputer-aided analysis of spontaneous language-speech samples offers researchers an efficient means of analyzing large amounts of data. It may be necessary, however, to format samples for more than one software program in order to obtain comprehensive morpho-syntactic and phonetic/phonologic analyses. This paper suggests a procedure for the combined use of SALT (Systematic Analysis of Language Transcripts, Miller & Chapman, 1985) and PEPPER (Programs to Examine Phonetic and Phonologic Evaluation Records, Shriberg, 1986) that is designed to minimize the duplication of effort involved in following two different formatting procedures. Results of a study undertaken to explore methodological issues in the combined use of SALT and PEPPER generally support the validity, reliability, and efficiency of the procedure. Results also raise some issues concerning the use of narrow phonetic transcription as opposed to standard orthographic transcription of continuous language-speech samples.