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Adaptation and Standardization of the APACS Test for Pragmatics Processing Evaluation

Student: Maria Grabovskaya

Supervisor: Yulia Akinina

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Fundamental and Computational Linguistics (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2016

Pragmatic deficit may occur in neurological disorders of different nature. But a required assessment tool for this deficit doesn't exist in Russian. Therefore, the aim of this work was to adapt the existing Italian test focused on the assessment of pragmatic deficit in people with various pathologies. During the work on this project all the stimuli of the Italian test were adapted to Russian taking into account all the requirements of the material formulated by the creators of the original test. After the adaptation of the stimuli to Russian the test was translated back to Italian and given to the creators of the original version of the test. Comments from the creators of the Italian test about reverse translation were taken into account and the Russian test was edited according to these comments. After this the test was used for pilot testing where neurologically healthy respondents participated. Test stimuli were also scored about how they are able to assess various aspects of pragmatic deficit. The score was given by an expert in linguistics. The work also contains the author's comments about changing some of the stimuli based on the obtained pilot testing and expert assessment results. The next stage of the test work will be a survey including a large number of neurologically healthy individuals using the test modified according to the comments of the author.

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