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ERIC Number: ED399720
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Voice Cues in Hearing and Hearing Impaired Hebrew Speaking Children.
Rosenhouse, Judith; Gelinas-Chebat, Claire
The difficulties and differences of the Hebrew speech of nine children (ages 7 through 11) with severe hearing impairments were compared with the speech of seven children (ages 4-8) without hearing impairments. Each child was asked to name the objects in 20 colored pictures. From the 20 objects, words were selected which included the five main vowels of the Modern Hebrew phonological system in unstressed and stressed syllables. The study analyzed the children's production of 10 syllables from six Hebrew nouns (five bisyllabic and one trisyllabic) in terms of the features of oral speech that are characteristic of individuals who have deafness, including: pitch; minimum and maximum values; ranges and standard deviations; and the duration of spoken segments. The following distinct differences between the two groups were found: (1) average pitch values were higher in the children with hearing impairments; (2) maximum pitch in accented vowels of children with hearing impairments was higher; (3) pitch ranges of children with hearing impairments were higher; (4) standard deviation values were somewhat higher in children with hearing impairments; and (5) vowel durations were larger in children with hearing impairment. An analysis of accent differences was also conducted. Attached figures show details of the comparison. (Contains 18 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Israel