Acoustic Characteristics of Stimuli, Back-Vowel Context, and Front-Vowel Context (Munson et al., 2012)
datasetposted on 2012-05-01, 00:00 authored by Benjamin Munson, Julie M. Johnson, Jan Edwards
Purpose This study examined whether experienced speech-language pathologists (SLPs) differ from inexperienced people in their perception of phonetic detail in children’s speech.
Method Twenty-one experienced SLPs and 21 inexperienced listeners participated in a series of tasks in which they used a visual–analog scale (VAS) to rate children’s natural productions of target /s/–/θ/, /t/–/k/, and /d/–/ɡ/ in word-initial position. Listeners rated the perceived distance between individual productions and ideal productions.
Results The experienced listeners' ratings differed from the inexperienced listeners' ratings in four ways: They had higher intrarater reliability, showed less bias toward a more frequent sound, and were more closely related to the acoustic characteristics of the children’s speech. In addition, the experienced listeners' responses were related to a different set of predictor variables.
Conclusion Results suggest that experience working as an SLP leads to better perception of phonetic detail in children’s speech. Limitations and future research are discussed.