Natural Alteration of Speaking Rate The Effect on Passage Comprehension by Listeners over 75 Years of Age Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1989
Natural Alteration of Speaking Rate
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • John F. Schmitt
    The University of Alabama
  • Joy R. Moore
    Jefferson County Board of Education, Birmingham, AL
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1989
Natural Alteration of Speaking Rate
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1989, Vol. 32, 445-450. doi:10.1044/jshr.3202.445
History: Received May 25, 1988 , Accepted November 28, 1988
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1989, Vol. 32, 445-450. doi:10.1044/jshr.3202.445
History: Received May 25, 1988; Accepted November 28, 1988

The purpose of the study was to assess the comprehension performance of "old-old" listeners for naturally rate-altered passages. Fourteen men and 14 women between 75 and 84 years of age responded to comprehension questions after hearing matched passages at four different rates. The listeners' performances were significantly worse under 60% time compression than at normal rate and two rates of time expansion. Comprehension differences between the sexes were not significant. The results are compared with prior findings for old-old listeners responding to electronically altered speech stimuli (Schmitt, 1983a) and for "young-old" listeners (65-74 years of age) who also responded to naturally rate-altered passages (Schmitt & Carroll, 1985).

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