Varieties of linguistic complexity in a standardized assessment of language performance

Dickey, Michael Walsh and McNeil, Malcolm and Fassbinder, Wiltrud and Pratt, Sheila and Kendall, Diane and Krieger, Donald and Kim, Kyuoung Yuel and Kim, Ae-Lee and Szuminsky, Neil and Pompon, Rebecca Hunting (2011) Varieties of linguistic complexity in a standardized assessment of language performance. [Clinical Aphasiology Paper]

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Abstract

This study examined the comprehension of linguistically complex sentences among unimpaired adults and adults with aphasia. Participants completed a self-paced reading version of the Computerized Revised Token Test (CRTT-R) containing passive sentences, sentences with adverbial clauses, and sentences with discontinuous adjective-noun dependencies. Off-line measures revealed clear effects of linguistic complexity for passive and discontinuous-dependency sentences, with more complex sentences eliciting lower scores for impaired and aphasic groups, but not for sentences with adverbial clauses. In contrast, on-line measures revealed the opposite pattern: less complex sentences elicited slower reading times. Off-line measures appear more sensitive to linguistic complexity in this task.

Item Type: Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Depositing User: Bingmei Yan
Date Deposited: 16 Aug 2011
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 12:54
Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference > Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2011 : 41st : Fort Lauderdale, FL : May 31-June 4, 2011)
URI: http://eprints-prod-05.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2303

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