Psychometric aspects of verbal pragmatic ratings

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

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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
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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