Journal of Psycholinguistic Research

, Volume 46, Issue 2, pp 295–309 | Cite as

Development of Bengali Audio–Visual Test Battery for Assessment of Pragmatic Skills: Preliminary Normative Data Based on Educational Level

  • Madhushree ChakrabartyEmail author
  • Atanu Biswas
  • Sandip Pal
  • Amita Chatterjee


Pragmatic competence may be disrupted due to psychological and neurological causes. For appropriate remedy and rehabilitation, a precise assessment of pragmatic skills is important. However, there is no test battery in the Bengali language, and consequently, there is no published data on pragmatic ability of Bengali speakers. Due to the vast diversity of the population, it becomes increasingly difficult to assess pragmatic ability of an individual without a proper knowledge of the normal variations. To address this problem we have developed a test battery in Bengali, and to begin with, we have administered it to one hundred and five (105) normal healthy persons having different levels of education. The four groups having 17 years and above, 15 to < 17 years, 12 to < 15 years and 10 to < 12 years of education yielded a normative score of 193, 189, 171 and 150, respectively. These normative scores will allow clinicians to make a proper assessment of patients suffering from pragmatic deficits and help avoid interpreting social differences as neurological deficits.


Pragmatic skills Test battery Normative score Graded scoring 



This study was conducted as part of the postdoctoral research of the first author (M. C.) and was sponsored by a postdoctoral fellowship from the Department of Science and Technology, Cognitive Science Research Initiative, Govt. of India (SR/CSI/PDF-28/2011). We are grateful to Prof. Michel Paradis and the anonymous reviewer for their valuable suggestions on the earlier version of this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Madhushree Chakrabarty
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Atanu Biswas
    • 2
  • Sandip Pal
    • 3
  • Amita Chatterjee
    • 4
  1. 1.Indian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia
  2. 2.Department of NeurologyBangur Institute of NeurosciencesKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Department of Neurology, Calcutta Medical College and HospitalKolkataIndia
  4. 4.School of Cognitive ScienceJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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