RHDBank Discourse Protocol Corpora


Melissa Johnson
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Nazareth College

The Brain Injury Clinic (BIC), the source of participants for this corpus, is housed in the York Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. It is part of the Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) Department, within the School of Health and Human Services. The clinic has been operating since 1992, and has served hundreds of clients from the Greater Rochester community who have acquired brain injuries. Emphasizing a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA), we engage clients in meaningful activities to reach their educational, vocational, and recreational potential. The BIC serves as a rich training site for graduate speech-language pathology students and as a research platform to study acquired cognitive-communication disorders.


Jamila Minga
Communication Disorders
North Carolina Central University

The NCCU Speech and Hearing Clinic is a full-service accredited clinic. Services include speech-language and hearing evaluations and treatment to diverse populations of all ages. Services are provided through individual and in groups. The adult neurogenic sector of the clinic consists of the Neurogenic Aphasia Group (NAG), the Transgender Voice Clinic (TVC), and the Right Hemisphere Disorder Project (RHDP). Corpus participants were self-identified volunteers of the Right Brain Stroke Research Registry (RBSRR), a national registry and subset of the RHDP.

Participants: xxx
Type of Study: RHD
Location: USA
Media type: video
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5Q02B

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Citation Information

In accordance with TalkBank rules, use of data from any of these RHDBank corpora must be accompanied by this reference:
MacWhinney, B., Fromm, D., Forbes, M. & Holland, A. (2011). AphasiaBank: Methods for studying discourse. Aphasiology, 25,1286-1307.

Additional citations for individual corpora are available from the contributors’ list below.

Project Description

The RHDBank Discourse Protocol includes the following discourse tasks:

  • Free Speech Samples -- Stroke Story and Coping
  • First Encounter Task
  • Picture Descriptions -- Cookie Theft, Cat Rescue
  • Story Narrative -- Cinderella
  • Procedural Discourse -- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Question Production -- Unfamiliar Object Task

    The following tests are administered in conjunction with the discourse protocol:

  • Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test (Helm-Estabrooks, 2001)
  • Apples Test (Bickerton, Samson, Williamson, & Humphreys, 2012)
  • General Short Form of the Communicative Participation Item Bank -- Baylor et al., 2013)
  • Indented Paragraph Test (Caplan, 1987)

    All discourse and testing materials are available from links at the RHDBank website.
    Links to spreadsheets with participants' demographic data and test results are also available there