Conceptual level and structural complexity in language

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Abstract

The Paragraph Completion Method (PCM) of D. E. Hunt et al (1971) has been used to identify conceptual level (CL) as a process of cognitive structuring that produces language behavior on the part of client and counselor. Independently, a Computer-Assisted Language Analysis System (CALAS) has been used to identify structural features of the counselor's and client's language. In an analysis of 39 exemplary protocols contained in a revised manual for the PCM, relations between ratings of CL and linguistic measures yielded by the CALAS were examined. Simple frequency of usage and the structural complexity of the language accounted for much of the variance in CL scores, but a dimension of CL independent of linguistic features also was identified. (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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