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MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories

  1. Donna Jackson-Maldonado

Published Online: 5 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal0745

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

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Jackson-Maldonado, D. 2012. MacArthur-Bates Communicative Development Inventories. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2012


There are multiple means for obtaining information about how children develop language. They can be observed in natural play situations, elicitation techniques may be employed, or parents can report on what they observe in everyday activities.


  • assessment method in applied linguistics;
  • psycholinguistics;
  • child language