Psychometric aspects of verbal pragmatic ratings

Ronald L. Bloom, Lawrence H. Pick, Joan C. Borod, Kashemi D. Rorie, Fani Andelman, Loraine K. Obler, Martin John Sliwinski, Alfonso L. Campbell, James R. Tweedy, Joan Welkowitz

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Abstract

This study examined the psychometric aspects of a verbal pragmatic rating scale. The scale contained six pragmatic features (i.e., Conciseness, Lexical Selection, Quantity, Relevancy, Specificity, and Topic Maintenance) based on Grice's cooperative principles. Fifteen right brain-damaged (RBD), 15 left brain-damaged (LBD), and 16 healthy normal control (NC) right-handed adult participants produced narratives while recollecting emotional and nonemotional experiences. Naive raters evaluated each pragmatic feature for appropriateness on a 5-point Likert scale. When reliability was examined, the overall internal consistency of the pragmatic scale was extremely high (α = .96). Factor analysis was conducted to examine the theoretical relations among the six pragmatic features. Three meaningful factors involving discourse content, conceptual unity, and parsimony were identified. Findings are discussed in light of Grice's model and the construct validity of the scale.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-565
Number of pages13
JournalBrain and Language
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

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Psychometrics
psychometrics
pragmatics
rating
Brain
Statistical Factor Analysis
Maintenance
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construct validity
rating scale
factor analysis
Rating
narrative
discourse
experience
Brain-damaged

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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Bloom, R. L., Pick, L. H., Borod, J. C., Rorie, K. D., Andelman, F., Obler, L. K., ... Welkowitz, J. (1999). Psychometric aspects of verbal pragmatic ratings. Brain and Language, 68(3), 553-565. https://doi.org/10.1006/brln.1999.2128
Bloom, Ronald L. ; Pick, Lawrence H. ; Borod, Joan C. ; Rorie, Kashemi D. ; Andelman, Fani ; Obler, Loraine K. ; Sliwinski, Martin John ; Campbell, Alfonso L. ; Tweedy, James R. ; Welkowitz, Joan. / Psychometric aspects of verbal pragmatic ratings. In: Brain and Language. 1999 ; Vol. 68, No. 3. pp. 553-565.
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Bloom RL, Pick LH, Borod JC, Rorie KD, Andelman F, Obler LK et al. Psychometric aspects of verbal pragmatic ratings. Brain and Language. 1999 Jan 1;68(3):553-565. https://doi.org/10.1006/brln.1999.2128