ERIC Number: ED075856
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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A Study of Comprehension of Compressed Deaf Speech.
Weisenborn, Ray E.; Olson, Jack R.
The primary purposes of this research were to discover any differences between deaf and normal speech compressed 15 or 30 percent related to level of comprehension test, sex of speaker, and form of test, and to learn whether there was a relationship between percent of compression and degree of comprehension. The subjects--219 undergraduates at Montana State University--were randomly assigned to two groups: (1) control, receiving normal speech stimuli, and (2) experimental, receiving deaf speech. The results indicated that subjects had higher degrees of comprehension for non-deaf speech compressions than for deaf speech compressions. The level and form of the test did not appear to be operative factors. The sex of the speaker was not found to be a pure variable, and in all instances 30 percent compressions were not as highly significant as 15 percent compressions. The most conclusive results of this research were those findings related to percentage of compression, which tended to confirm for deaf speech the earlier findings relating to normal speech that time-span compressions can be detrimental to comprehension. (LG)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)