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

Title: An analysis of topics and vocabulary in Chinese oral narratives by normal speakers and speakers with fluent aphasia.
Authors: Law SP; a Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences , University of Hong Kong , Hong Kong SAR.
Kong AP; b Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders , University of Central Florida , Orlando , FL , USA.
Lai C; a Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences , University of Hong Kong , Hong Kong SAR.
Source: Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics [Clin Linguist Phon] 2017 Jul 13, pp. 1-12. Date of Electronic Publication: 2017 Jul 13.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Language: English
Journal Info: Clin Linguist Phon
Imprint Name(s): : London ; New York : Taylor & Francis, c1987-
Abstract: This 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.
Contributed Indexing: Chinese fluent aphasia; connected speech; language rehabilitation; topics; vocabulary
Entry Date(s): 20170713
Update Code: 20170714
PMID: 28703645
PageCount: 1-1
issn: 1464-5076
pubdate: 2017
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2017.1334092