Perceived Contrastive Stress Production in Hearing-Impaired and Normal-Hearing Children Contrastive stress production patterns of 20 moderate-to-severely hearing-impaired children, aged 4:5–18:2 (years:months), were compared with those of 20 normal-hearing children, aged 3:7–6:7. The groups were matched on the basis of a linguistic measure, mean length of utterance. Analyses of judges' responses to the speakers' audiotapes recorded during a conversation-based task ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1985
Perceived Contrastive Stress Production in Hearing-Impaired and Normal-Hearing Children
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Amy L. Weiss
    University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Arlene E. Carney
    University of Illinois, Champaign
  • Laurence B. Leonard
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1985
Perceived Contrastive Stress Production in Hearing-Impaired and Normal-Hearing Children
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1985, Vol. 28, 26-35. doi:10.1044/jshr.2801.26
History: Received October 31, 1983 , Accepted July 16, 1984
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1985, Vol. 28, 26-35. doi:10.1044/jshr.2801.26
History: Received October 31, 1983; Accepted July 16, 1984

Contrastive stress production patterns of 20 moderate-to-severely hearing-impaired children, aged 4:5–18:2 (years:months), were compared with those of 20 normal-hearing children, aged 3:7–6:7. The groups were matched on the basis of a linguistic measure, mean length of utterance. Analyses of judges' responses to the speakers' audiotapes recorded during a conversation-based task yielded evidence of similar production patterns for the groups although considerable individual performance variation was noted. This finding supports the view that language-matched normal and hearing-impaired children may not be very different in their production of this prosodic cue. Results of this study further support the idea that prosodic features of the speech signal enhance intelligibility, a factor which merits consideration in the intelligibility assessment and training of hearing-impaired children.

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