ERIC Number: ED335901
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Tones for Profoundly Deaf Tone-Language Speakers.
A study assessed the practical use of the simplified speech pattern approach to teaching lipreading in a tone language by comparing performance using an acoustic hearing-aid and a Sivo-aid in a tone labelling task. After initial assessment, subjects were given training to enhance perception of lexically contrastive tones, then post-tested. The test used was audio-video recorded test material in Cantonese used to assess speech receptive ability, which includes a tonal component. For each subject, visual stimuli were presented, some accompanied by an auditory signal (either speech tone or larynx tone) through either acoustic hearing aids or a Sivo-aid. One treatment used lipreading alone. Subjects in the experimental group were four profoundly deaf children; all of their deaf classmates served as a control group. Results indicated that the auditory signal contributes to tonal reception more effectively using the Sivo-aid, but some variation still occurred. It is concluded that the simplification approach allows a better match to the user's hearing capabilities, making better use of residual hearing, and allows gradual development of perceptual skills relating to suprasegmentals as well as segmentals. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Deafness, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Hearing Aids, Instructional Effectiveness, Intonation, Language Research, Language Tests, Linguistic Theory, Lipreading, Skill Development, Testing, Tone Languages, Videotape Recordings, Visual Perception
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: CUHK Papers in Linguistics, No. 2. p1-22, Aug 1990; see FL 019 373.