Syntactic Complexity Measure?
digglekim at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 14:13:21 UTC 2015
Kimberly Mueller here from UW Madison, using CHAT/CLAN (thank you!!!) to
transcribe 5-10 minute language samples from adults ages 40 - 80 who are at
risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease.
Would anyone (and/or everyone!) please provide guidance on measures you
recommend to capture syntactic complexity? We have been segmenting
utterances using the guidance in the CHAT manual (see below). Any help
with codes/commands would also be appreciated!
Utterance Manual for CHAT/CLAN
*Utterances in CHAT/CLAN are separated using a T-unit classification. *
*A T-unit consists of an independent clause and its corresponding depending
*An independent clause includes a subject and a verb. *
*A dependent clause provides additional information to an independent
clause, but it cannot stand by itself. *
*For example, if you were transcribing “I went to the store, but I didn’t
find anything to buy,” you would separate this into two utterances in
**PAR: I went to the store. *
**PAR: but I didn’t find anything to buy. *
*Even though these two parts go together in a sentence, they would be
separated into two utterances per the T-unit classification. *
*An example of a dependent and independent clause would be as follows: *
**PAR: If I show up late the teacher will give me a tardy. *
*In CHAT/CLAN, you also need to make a few judgement calls. *
*For example, in speech, we often start sentences with “because.” “Because”
is typically at the beginning of a dependent clause in written
communication; however, we use this to start sentences when speaking and
thus a transcriber needs to decide whether the “because” is actually
starting the sentence in a spoken utterance. *
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