Cross-linguistic adaptations of The Comprehensive Aphasia Test

challenges and solutions

Valantis Fyndanis, Marianne Lind, Spyridoula Varlokosta*, Maria Kambanaros, Efstathia Soroli, Klaudia Ceder, Kleanthes K. Grohmann, Adrià Rofes, Hanne Gram Simonsen, Jovana Bjekić, Anna Gavarró, Jelena Kuvač Kraljević, Silvia Martínez-Ferreiro, Amaia Munarriz, Marie Pourquie, Jasmina Vuksanović, Lilla Zakariás, David Howard

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Comparative research on aphasia and aphasia rehabilitation is challenged by the lack of comparable assessment tools across different languages. In English, a large array of tools is available, while in most other languages, the selection is more limited. Importantly, assessment tools are often simple translations and do not take into consideration specific linguistic and psycholinguistic parameters of the target languages. As a first step in meeting the needs for comparable assessment tools, the Comprehensive Aphasia Test is currently being adapted into a number of languages spoken in Europe. In this article, some key challenges encountered in the adaptation process and the solutions to ensure that the resulting assessment tools are linguistically and culturally equivalent, are proposed. Specifically, we focus on challenges and solutions related to the use of imageability, frequency, word length, spelling-to-sound regularity and sentence length and complexity as underlying properties in the selection of the testing material.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-710
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Volume31
Issue number7-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • aphasia
  • assessment
  • Comprehensive Aphasia Test (CAT)
  • cross-linguistic adaptations
  • outcome measures

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