Question about flucalc in bilingual samples

Brian MacWhinney macw at cmu.edu
Wed Apr 4 16:49:39 EDT 2018


Shelley,

Yes, FREQ counts all words.  If you want FREQ to ignore the words in a second language, you can add -s"*@s".  However, for FluCalc, it would seem to me that excluding a single word from the other language would skew the analysis.  Of course, it makes sense to exclude whole utterances in the other language that are marked with codes like [- spa] and Leonid agrees that it makes sense to add this facility to FluCalc.

--Brian

> On Apr 4, 2018, at 4:45 PM, Shelley Brundage <brundage at gwu.edu> wrote:
> 
> hi Leonid,
> I have a follow up question
> I am getting the same number of words from FLUCALC and FREQ. so does that mean that freq doesn't distinguish words of one language, either?
> 
> On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 4:39 PM, Leonid Spektor <spektor at andrew.cmu.edu <mailto:spektor at andrew.cmu.edu>> wrote:
> Shelley,
> 
> 1. at this time FLUCALC does not distinguish between words of one language versus another. FLUCALC considers all text as one.
> 
> 2. means that there were no bullets in a file from which total time value could be computed. If you files does have bullets, then please email it to me for testing.
> 
> 
> Leonid.
> 
>> On Apr 4, 2018, at 16:15, Shelley Brundage <brundage at gwu.edu <mailto:brundage at gwu.edu>> wrote:
>> 
>> hello Chibolts,
>> I am analyzing some data from bilingual children. The CHAT files have both English and Spanish words in them. In the Spanish files, the English words have been tagged with "@s". I have two questions about running flucalc for Spanish:
>> 
>> 1. the MOR words output in the flucalc spreadsheet seems to be counting both Spanish and English words in the samples, rather than just the Spanish ones. I thought that tagging the English words in the Spanish files meant that they would be ignored in Spanish counts, but that does not appear to have happened (I cross-checked word count with FREQ). Is there a way to count just the Spanish words for flucalc?
>> 
>> 2. In some instances the flucalc output says that words per minute is N/A. Does this mean that there were not enough utterances to calculate WPM? if so, what is the necessary number of utterances for this?
>> 
>> Thank you
>> 
>> Shelley
>> 
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