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ERIC Number: EJ763970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Acoustic Analysis of the Speech of Children with Cochlear Implants: A Longitudinal Study
Liker, Marko; Mildner, Vesna; Sindija, Branka
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v21 n1 p1-11 Jan 2007
The aim of the study was to analyse the speech of the children with cochlear implants, and compare it with the speech of hearing controls. We focused on three categories of Croatian sounds: vowels (F1 and F2 frequencies), fricatives (noise frequencies of /s/ and /[esh]/ ), and affricates (total duration and the pattern of stop-fricative components in /ts/ and /t[esh]/ ). Eighteen implanted children, aged between 9.5 and 15.2 years participated in the study. All had been profoundly hearing impaired before implantation. Three recordings per child were made over a 20-month period. The hearing controls were matched for age and sex. Implanted children had a smaller and fronted vowel space, their /s/ and /[esh]/ noise frequencies overlapped, affricates were longer, with a high proportion of incorrect productions and substitutions. With time, there was a small but steady overall improvement in all categories. Early intervention (rehabilitation and implantation) are crucial for good speech acquisition. (Contains 2 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Croatia