The Computer Analysis of Therapeutic Discourse
Many researchers have stressed the lack of linguistic indicators of the development of family interaction and have cast doubts on the validity of the behavioural measures applied in family interaction studies: for a review, see Jacob (1975). The combination of linguistic (mainly syntactic) with other behavioural (paralinguistic and nonverbal) indicators in studying family interaction during therapeutic sessions has been claimed by Silvestri et al. (1980) to be an important heuristic tool for the assessment of the effectiveness of family treatment. The package of automatic linguistic analysis (ALA) described below forms part of a wider research, planned by the Psychiatric Clinic of Bari and the Institutes of Informatics and Psychology of the Trento University, whose purpose is to integrate the study of pragmatic functions and communicative strategies in family interaction during therapeutic sessions with linguistic indicators of the cognitive processes operating in speech planning during those sessions. Thereby it is hoped to assess the validity of linguistic indicators as providers of insight into developmental aspects of treatment by family therapy.
KeywordsFamily Therapy Family Interaction Matched Classification Kernel String Therapeutic Session
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