Olness Corpus

Gloria Olness
Speech and Hearing Sciences
University of North Texas

Browsable transcripts

Downloadable transcripts

Media folder

Participants: 80
Type of Study: discourse
Location: USA
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5BC80

Citation information

In accordance with TalkBank rules, any use of data from this corpus must be accompanied by at least one corpus reference:

Olness, G. S., Ulatowska, H. K., Wertz, R. T., Thompson, J. L., & Auther, L. L. (2002). Discourse elicitation with pictorial stimuli in African Americans and Caucasians with and without aphasia. Aphasiology, 16(4-6), 623-633.

General Overview

These are non-protocol, audio, elicited discourse data for close to 80 people, 2/3 of whom have aphasia. Approximately half of those with aphasia are African American and half Caucasian.

The information in the ID line of the CHAT file for Participants (see example below) includes fields for age, sex, group (A=African America, C=Caucasian, APH=Aphasia, NBI=Non-brain-injured), education, and SES (rated on a 1–7 scale (adapted from Featherman & Stevens, 1980).

     @ID: eng|Olness|PAR|62;|male|AAPH||Participant|high_school_graduate|3|

Most of the media files include a wide variety of discourse tasks, an ethnographic semi-structured interview, and the WAB. Discourse tasks are divided into two main types, picture descriptions and personal and non-personal narratives told in different formats.

Demographic and test result data are available here.

Usage Restrictions

Participants all gave consent for the demographic and test data to be uploaded onto AphasiaBank, as long as access is password protected and users of the data get approval from Dr. Olness for access.

Please write to Gloria.Olness@unt.edu if you are interested in accessing these files.


Lillian Jarold and Anthony Kelly reformatted this corpus into accord with current versions of CHAT.