RHDBank English Minga RHD Corpus

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
Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Duke University

Participants: 38 adults with RHD
Type of Study: various discourse tasks
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:
Minga, J., Johnson, M., Blake, M. L., Fromm, D., & MacWhinney, B. (2021). Making sense of right hemisphere discourse using RHDBank. Topics in Language Disorders, 41(1), 99-122.

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.
    For demographic and test result data, send a request to Brian MacWhinney (macw@cmu.edu), Davida Fromm (fromm@andrew.cmu.edu), or Jamila Minga (minga@duke.edu)


    Lillian Jarold and Andrew Yankes reformatted these corpora into accord with current versions of CHAT.