Variables Influencing Performance on Speech-Sound Discrimination Tests Stimulus items were presented in three different contexts and under two different listening conditions to a total of 72 nursery, kindergarten, and first-grade children divided into equally sized groups on the basis of age. Results indicated that both the context of stimulus item presentation and the presence of background noise ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1974
Variables Influencing Performance on Speech-Sound Discrimination Tests
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Arthur H. Schwartz
    University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Ronald Goldman
    Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Article Information
Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 1974
Variables Influencing Performance on Speech-Sound Discrimination Tests
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1974, Vol. 17, 25-32. doi:10.1044/jshr.1701.25
History: Received March 1, 1973 , Accepted August 6, 1973
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1974, Vol. 17, 25-32. doi:10.1044/jshr.1701.25
History: Received March 1, 1973; Accepted August 6, 1973

Stimulus items were presented in three different contexts and under two different listening conditions to a total of 72 nursery, kindergarten, and first-grade children divided into equally sized groups on the basis of age. Results indicated that both the context of stimulus item presentation and the presence of background noise affected accuracy of performance. Children in all three groups consistently made more errors in the context using limited grammatical and phonetic cues. Noise disrupted performance in all contexts, but the greatest disruption occurred in the paired-comparison context. It appeared that contexts employing grammatical cues were more resistant to disruption from background noise. The results of this investigation also indicated that the performance of young children may have been affected by factors other than their ability to discriminate speech sounds.

Order a Subscription
Pay Per View
Entire Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research content & archive
24-hour access
This Article
24-hour access