Some Relationships Among Articulation, Auditory Abilities, and Certain Other Variables Relationships between articulation and other variables, including auditory abilities and memory, were examined through correlational techniques. Subjects were 47 native-born monolingual college students, with no hearing loss and no organic or neurological impairment. Highly reliable measures of articulation (r = 0.96) were obtained. Four tests of auditory abilities (Phonetic Ability, ... Research Article
Research Article  |   September 01, 1969
Some Relationships Among Articulation, Auditory Abilities, and Certain Other Variables
 
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  • Clyde L. Stitt
    San Francisco State College, San Francisco, California
  • Dorothy A. Huntington
    Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
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Research Article   |   September 01, 1969
Some Relationships Among Articulation, Auditory Abilities, and Certain Other Variables
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1969, Vol. 12, 576-593. doi:10.1044/jshr.1203.576
History: Received December 19, 1968
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, September 1969, Vol. 12, 576-593. doi:10.1044/jshr.1203.576
History: Received December 19, 1968

Relationships between articulation and other variables, including auditory abilities and memory, were examined through correlational techniques. Subjects were 47 native-born monolingual college students, with no hearing loss and no organic or neurological impairment. Highly reliable measures of articulation (r = 0.96) were obtained. Four tests of auditory abilities (Phonetic Ability, Interphonemic Identification, Intraphonemic Discrimination, and Pitch) and three tests of memory (Consonant-Letter Memory, Vowel-Sound Memory, and Tonal Memory) were administered. Phonetic Ability was a pencil and paper test with no auditory signals; Vowel Sound Memory was an individual test. Recorded tests were administered with matched monaural headsets. Entrance measures of college aptitude and language abilities (verbal ability, vocabulary, reading, and spelling) were obtained for 38 of the subjects. The data were intercorrelated; partial and multiple correlations were computed.

Articulation was significantly related to auditory abilities, memory, college aptitude, and language abilities. Auditory abilities and memory accounted for 61% of the variance in articulation. Reliable measures of auditory abilities were significantly related to articulation even with memory, college aptitude, or language abilities held constant. Two of the new tests of auditory abilities, Phonetic Ability and Interphonemic Identification, were highly reliable (rs = 0.97, 0.96) and significantly related to articulation (rs = 0.74, 0.69), college aptitude (rs = 0.64, 0.59), and language abilities (rs = 0.42 to 0.64). Implications are discussed and interpretations pertaining to feedback and motor theories are suggested.

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