Effects of Three Syllable Durations Using the Melodic Intonation Therapy Technique Five nonfhient aphasics were presented English phrases with three syllable durations; a regular speech, non-intoned duration < 1 sec per syllable, and two modified Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) intoned durations of 1.5 sec per syllable and 2.0 sec per syllable. All subjects had the greatest number of correct phrase productions ... Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1979
Effects of Three Syllable Durations Using the Melodic Intonation Therapy Technique
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Susan A. Laughlin
    Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, California
  • Margaret A. Naeser
    Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, California
  • William P. Gordon
    Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, California
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1979
Effects of Three Syllable Durations Using the Melodic Intonation Therapy Technique
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1979, Vol. 22, 311-320. doi:10.1044/jshr.2202.311
History: Received April 17, 1978 , Accepted October 17, 1978
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1979, Vol. 22, 311-320. doi:10.1044/jshr.2202.311
History: Received April 17, 1978; Accepted October 17, 1978

Five nonfhient aphasics were presented English phrases with three syllable durations; a regular speech, non-intoned duration < 1 sec per syllable, and two modified Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT) intoned durations of 1.5 sec per syllable and 2.0 sec per syllable. All subjects had the greatest number of correct phrase productions at the longest MIT duration (p < 0.001) and the greatest number of failures at the regular non-intoned duration. Therefore, syllable duration is an important acoustic parameter to consider when using an MIT technique with severe nonfluent aphasics.

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