ERIC Number: EJ927250
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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Phonetic Variability in Residual Speech Sound Disorders: Exploration of Subtypes
Preston, Jonathan L.; Koenig, Laura L.
Topics in Language Disorders, v31 n2 p168-184 Apr-Jun 2011
Purpose: To explore whether subgroups of children with residual speech sound disorders (R-SSDs) can be identified through multiple measures of token-to-token phonetic variability (changes in one spoken production to the next). Method: Children with R-SSDs were recorded during a rapid multisyllabic picture naming task and an oral diadochokinetic task. Transcription-based and acoustic measures of token-to-token variability were derived. Articulation accuracy and general indices of language skills were measured as well. Results: Low correlations were observed between transcription-based and acoustic measures of phonetic variability, and among the acoustic measures themselves. Children who were the most variable on one measure were not necessarily highly variable on other measures. Transcription-based measures of variability were associated with language skills. Conclusions: Measures of phonetic variability did not identify children in the sample as consistently high or low. Data do not support the notion that clear subgroups based on phonetic variability can be reliably identified in children with R-SSDs. The link between highly variable phonetic output (quantified by transcription-based measures) and lower language skills requires further exploration.
Descriptors: Articulation (Speech), Phonetics, Language Skills, Speech Impairments, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Identification
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