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OR25-39-6

LINGUISTIC REFLEXIONS OF PSYCHOTHERAPY: CHANGE IN USAGE OF FIRST PERSON PRONOUN IN INFORMATION STRUCTURE POSITIONS

[Speaker] Kose Demiray, Cigdem:1
[Co-author] Gencoz, Tulin:2
1:ISTANBUL AREL UNIVERSITY (Turkey), 2:Middle East Technical University (Turkey)

Aim of present study was to understand changes in speech of clients with regard to certain linguistic features from 5th to 15th session of psychotherapy. Usage of first person pronoun in information structure positions were analyzed in speech of clients. Participants of this study were 11 psychotherapists (clinical psychology master and doctorate students) and 16 clients. In present study word count results of clinets' speeches were analyzed by mix design ANOVA method. According to results, the clients used the first person pronoun in the preverbal position significantly more during the 5th session when compared to the 15th session F(1,14)=4.40 and usage of the first person in preverbal position pronoun significantly decreased in the higher outcome group from the 5th to the 15th session. Findings of this study suggest that, psychotherapy leads to certain linguistic changes, and these changes discussed to be means of understand change of clients during psychotherapy.
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