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Bangla picture description task (Mazumdar et al., 2023)

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posted on 2023-03-22, 19:15 authored by Barnali Mazumdar, Neila J. Donovan, E. Susan Duncan

Purpose: The absence of culture- and language-specific aphasia assessment in Bangla underscores a critical problem in communication sciences and disorders. Aphasia occurs in ~41% of Bangla-speaking stroke survivors. In the past 40 years, stroke incidence has doubled in low- and middle-income countries, such as Bangladesh and India, where there are ~250 million native Bangla speakers. This study aims to initiate the first step toward identifying an appropriate picture stimulus for the Bangla picture description task (PDT) intended for inclusion in a Bangla aphasia assessment. Researchers have reported the importance of cultural relevance and three visuographic variables of a picture (high-context, color, and photograph vs. black-and-white line drawing) for faster comprehension and comprehensive language production in people with aphasia and neurologically healthy adults.

Method: Ninety-six neurologically healthy native Bangla speakers of three age groups (young 19–30, middle age 40–55, and older 65–89 years) were recruited to compare spontaneous language production for four selected culturally related and nonrelated picture stimuli with and without the three visuographic variables. Five linguistic variables were used to analyze the language samples.

Results: The results demonstrated a significant (a) picture type effect for moving-average type–token ratio, words per minute (WPM), and mean length of utterance in morphemes (MLU) and (b) age group effect for WPM, MLU, and complexity index.

Conclusions: This study suggests that a culturally related high-context color photograph is the optimal choice for the Bangla PDT. This study also indicates reduced fluency, grammatical complexity, and syntactic complexity in healthy Bangla-speaking adults aged 65 years and above.

Supplemental Material S1. Four screenings as inclusion criteria.

Supplemental Material S2. Sixteen different picture sequences.

Supplemental Material S3. Language samples of one participant for all four picture types.

Supplemental Material S4. Education groups based on total years of institutional education.

Mazumdar, B., Donovan, N. J., & Duncan, E. S. (2023). Identifying an appropriate picture stimulus for a Bangla picture description task. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 66(4), 1334–1350.


This research was funded by the Distinguished Dissertation Award from Louisiana State University to awarded to Barnali Mazumdar