Hopkins Corpus


Argye Hillis
Division of Neurology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Participants: 36
Type of Study: Cinderella story tellings
Location: USA
Media type: audio
DOI: doi:10.21415/T5KP4R

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Citation information

In accordance with TalkBank rules, any use of data from this corpus must be accompanied by at least one corpus reference. If none is given, please use the primary AphasiaBank reference:
MacWhinney, B., Fromm, D., Forbes, M. & Holland, A. (2011). AphasiaBank: Methods for studying discourse. Aphasiology, 25,1286-1307.

Project Description

For the participants in this corpus, diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia was based on primary language deficit out of proportion to other cognitive impairment, that has been progressive and the main impairment for at least 1 year. Diagnosis was based on cognitive and language testing and neurological examination and history, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, along with imaging and lab tests to exclude alternative diagnoses. Potential participants were excluded based on evidence of other diagnosis (e.g, tumor, strokes, encephalitis on MRI) or other tests that could explain the progressive language deficit, other than neurodegenerative disease.

25 of the 36 participants were seen once; 9 were seen twice; 1 was seen 3 times; and 1 was seen 4 times. 23 participants were females; 13 were males.

Demographic and test data are available here .

Tests include:

  • NACC battery – oral nouns, written nouns, oral verbs, written verbs
  • BNT (short)
  • Hopkins Assessment of Naming Actions
  • BERNDT – noun score, verb score
  • Cookie Theft Picture Description – written score (from BDAE)

    Collaborators: Argye E Hillis MD, Kyrana Tsapkini PhD, Donna Tippett MA, CCC-SLP, Rajani Sebastian PhD, CCC-SLP, Cameron Davis, MA

    Grants that support the work: NIDCD 90048628, Gifts from Private Donors