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ERIC Number: EJ817250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0269-9206
Fricatives, Affricates, and Vowels in Croatian Children with Cochlear Implants
Mildner, Vesna; Liker, Marko
Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, v22 n10-11 p845-856 Oct 2008
The aim of the research was to analyse the speech of children with cochlear implants over approximately a 46-month period, and compare it with the speech of hearing controls. It focused on three categories of sounds in Croatian: vowels (F1 and F2 of /i/, /e/, /a/, /o/ and /u/), fricatives /s/ and /[esh]/ (spectral differences expressed in terms of center of gravity), and affricates /ts/ and /t[esh]/ (accuracy, total duration, and pattern of stop-fricative components). One group of subjects were 10 implanted children who had been profoundly deaf before implantation. There were four recordings per child. Group two children were hearing controls matched for age and sex. The results show that the implanted children are closest to unimpaired children in terms of their formant-defined vowel space. Their fricatives exhibit poor distinction in terms of the noise spectrum, and the affricates are the most difficult to produce. (Contains 8 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Croatia