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Article: An analysis of topics and vocabulary in Chinese oral narratives by normal speakers and speakers with fluent aphasia

TitleAn analysis of topics and vocabulary in Chinese oral narratives by normal speakers and speakers with fluent aphasia
Authors
Issue Date2017
PublisherInforma Healthcare. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02699206.asp
Citation
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 2017 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study analysed the topic and vocabulary of Chinese speakers based on language samples of personal recounts in a large spoken Chinese database recently made available in the public domain, i.e. Cantonese AphasiaBank (http://www.speech.hku.hk/caphbank/ search/). The goal of the analysis is to offer clinicians a rich source for selecting ecologically valid training materials for rehabilitating Chinese-speaking people with aphasia (PWA) in the design and planning of culturally and linguistically appropriate treatments. Discourse production of 65 Chinese-speaking PWA of fluent types (henceforth, PWFA) and their non-aphasic controls narrating an important event in their life were extracted from Cantonese AphasiaBank. Analyses of topics and vocabularies in terms of part-of-speech, word frequency, lexical semantics, and diversity were conducted. There was significant overlap in topics between the two groups. While the vocabulary was larger for controls than that of PWFA as expected, they were similar in distribution across parts-of-speech, frequency of occurrence, and the ratio of concrete to abstract items in major open word classes. Moreover, proportionately more different verbs than nouns were employed at the individual level for both speaker groups. The findings provide important implications for guiding directions of aphasia rehabilitation not only of fluent but also non-fluent Chinese aphasic speakers.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/243821
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2015 Impact Factor: 0.617
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.483

 

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dc.contributor.authorLaw, SP-
dc.contributor.authorKong, A P-H-
dc.contributor.authorLai, C C-T-
dc.date.accessioned2017-08-25T02:59:56Z-
dc.date.available2017-08-25T02:59:56Z-
dc.date.issued2017-
dc.identifier.citationClinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 2017-
dc.identifier.issn0269-9206-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/243821-
dc.description.abstractThis study analysed the topic and vocabulary of Chinese speakers based on language samples of personal recounts in a large spoken Chinese database recently made available in the public domain, i.e. Cantonese AphasiaBank (http://www.speech.hku.hk/caphbank/ search/). The goal of the analysis is to offer clinicians a rich source for selecting ecologically valid training materials for rehabilitating Chinese-speaking people with aphasia (PWA) in the design and planning of culturally and linguistically appropriate treatments. Discourse production of 65 Chinese-speaking PWA of fluent types (henceforth, PWFA) and their non-aphasic controls narrating an important event in their life were extracted from Cantonese AphasiaBank. Analyses of topics and vocabularies in terms of part-of-speech, word frequency, lexical semantics, and diversity were conducted. There was significant overlap in topics between the two groups. While the vocabulary was larger for controls than that of PWFA as expected, they were similar in distribution across parts-of-speech, frequency of occurrence, and the ratio of concrete to abstract items in major open word classes. Moreover, proportionately more different verbs than nouns were employed at the individual level for both speaker groups. The findings provide important implications for guiding directions of aphasia rehabilitation not only of fluent but also non-fluent Chinese aphasic speakers.-
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherInforma Healthcare. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/02699206.asp-
dc.relation.ispartofClinical Linguistics & Phonetics-
dc.rightsClinical Linguistics & Phonetics. Copyright © Informa Healthcare.-
dc.titleAn analysis of topics and vocabulary in Chinese oral narratives by normal speakers and speakers with fluent aphasia-
dc.typeArticle-
dc.identifier.emailLaw, SP: splaw@hku.hk-
dc.identifier.authorityLaw, SP=rp00920-
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/02699206.2017.1334092-
dc.identifier.hkuros273838-
dc.identifier.spage1-
dc.identifier.epage12-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-

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