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ERIC Number: EJ775695
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 39
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Predicting Phonetic Transcription Agreement: Insights from Research in Infant Vocalizations
Ramsdell, Heather L.; Oller, D. Kimbrough; Ethington, Corinna A.
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v21 n10 p793-831 Oct 2007
The purpose of this study is to provide new perspectives on correlates of phonetic transcription agreement. Our research focuses on phonetic transcription and coding of infant vocalizations. The findings are presumed to be broadly applicable to other difficult cases of transcription, such as found in severe disorders of speech, which similarly result in low reliability for a variety of reasons. We evaluated the predictiveness of two factors not previously documented in the literature as influencing transcription agreement: canonicity and coder confidence. Transcribers coded samples of infant vocalizations, judging both canonicity and confidence. Correlation results showed that canonicity and confidence were strongly related to agreement levels, and regression results showed that canonicity and confidence both contributed significantly to explanation of variance. Specifically, the results suggest that canonicity plays a major role in transcription agreement when utterances involve supraglottal articulation, with coder confidence offering additional power in predicting transcription agreement. (Contains 5 figures, 7 tables, and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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