Book Presentations & Readings Series: The Pragmatic Evaluation Protocol: Assessing dimensions of verbal communication across disorders and languages, by Prof. Félix Díaz
November 04, 2018
I will describe a line of research on pragmatic competence which brings together three procedures: (1) collecting samples of conversation between persons with language and communication disorders, their Key Conversational Partners and researchers, (2) transcribing these records and making them public online or in print, and (3) exploring and rating the records and transcripts with the help of the Pragmatic Evaluation Protocol (PrEP), an instrument devised for the assessment of verbal communication in disorders of speech, language and communication.
The PrEP was originally conceived by Beatriz Gallardo-Paúls, from the University of Valencia (Spain) and systematized in Spanish with the collaboration of other researchers including myself, soon becoming a popular instrument for pragmatic assessment in Spanish. Three years ago, I started collaborating with Hariklia Proios, from the University of Macedonia (Greece) and we started a productive process of data collection to prepare a Greek version we hope to publish in the following years.
I also have realistic hopes of setting up a similar project in Bulgarian, or in other languages and communities in the East Balkans. We believe it constitutes a useful systematic approach to Pragmatic assessment of practical relevance for the support and intervention with people with communication impairments across languages and diagnoses.
Félix Díaz (PhD, Lancaster) is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the American University in Bulgaria. Most of his academic career so far was dedicated to training future speech and language therapists in aspects of the sociology of disability, research methods, and therapeutic interaction. In the meantime, before and after teaching, he has been doing research on conversational organization, the relations between history and identity, professional-patient interaction in oncological, psychiatric, and speech therapy settings, confronting poverty and precariousness, pragmatic assessment, body image in everyday life, and refugee education. He is currently absorbed with developing the new Psychology program at AUBG, but will manage to combine this exciting project with related research relevant to the needs and conditions of nearby communities.