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The Reconstruction of Schizophrenic Speech

  • D. R. Rutter (a1)

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A suggestion that schizophrenic speech may be harder to understand than normal speech was tested by a technique of reconstruction. Ten schizophrenic and ten normal passages were typed onto cards, one sentence per card. Each passage was then presented with the sentences in random order, and students were asked to reconstruct what they believed was the original order. Fewer correct strings of three or more sentences were achieved for the schizophrenic material than the normal material. It is concluded that there is a detectable abnormality in the structure of schizophrenic speech, but that it stems from the relationship between sentences rather than the content of individual sentences.

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Rutter, D. R., Draffan, J. & Davies, J. (1977) Thought disorder and the predictability of schizophrenic speech. British Journal of Psychiatry, 131, 67–8.
Rutter, D. R., Wishner, J., Kopytynska, H. & Button, M. (1978) The predictability of speech in schizophrenic patients. British Journal of Psychiatry, 132, 228–32.
Winer, B. J. (1970) Statistical Principles in Experimental Design. London: McGraw-Hill.

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The Reconstruction of Schizophrenic Speech

  • D. R. Rutter (a1)
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