Understanding Bilingualism and Its Impact on Speech Audiometry This tutorial provides a review of auditory research conducted with monolingual and bilingual speakers of Spanish and English. Based on a functional view of bilingualism and on auditory research findings showing that the bilingual experience may affect the outcome of auditory research, we discuss methods for improving descriptions of linguistically ... Research Article
Research Article  |   February 01, 2002
Understanding Bilingualism and Its Impact on Speech Audiometry
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Deborah von Hapsburg, PhD
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Elizabeth D. Peña
    University of Texas at Austin
  • Deborah von Hapsburg, PhD, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Jesse H. Jones Communication Center, CMA A.110, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1089. E-mail: dvh@mail.utexas.edu
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Hearing Disorders / Cultural & Linguistic Diversity / Hearing / Research Articles
Research Article   |   February 01, 2002
Understanding Bilingualism and Its Impact on Speech Audiometry
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 2002, Vol. 45, 202-213. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/015)
History: Received February 15, 2001 , Accepted September 25, 2001
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 2002, Vol. 45, 202-213. doi:10.1044/1092-4388(2002/015)
History: Received February 15, 2001; Accepted September 25, 2001

This tutorial provides a review of auditory research conducted with monolingual and bilingual speakers of Spanish and English. Based on a functional view of bilingualism and on auditory research findings showing that the bilingual experience may affect the outcome of auditory research, we discuss methods for improving descriptions of linguistically diverse research participants. The review delves into how the bilingual experience can affect auditory research outcomes and discusses ways in which experimental design can be adjusted when bilingual or monolingual participants are used for research needs. The goal of the tutorial is to increase awareness about the complexities of using bilinguals in auditory research, thereby improving the quality of auditory research involving bilingual research participants.

Acknowledgments
The authors would like to thank Craig Spradling, Craig Champlin, Lisa Bedore, and Maria Munoz for their thoughtful comments on an earlier version of this manuscript.
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