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Accent identification by adults with aphasia

Newton, C; Burns, R; Bruce, C; (2013) Accent identification by adults with aphasia. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics , 27 (4) pp. 287-298. 10.3109/02699206.2012.753111. Green open access

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Abstract

The UK is a diverse society where individuals regularly interact with speakers with different accents. Whilst there is a growing body of research on the impact of speaker accent on comprehension in people with aphasia, there is none which explores their ability to identify accents. This study investigated the ability of this group to identify the geographical origins of a speaker. Age-matched participants with and without aphasia listened to 120 audio recordings of five speakers each of six accents, reading aloud four sentences each. Listeners were asked to make a forced-choice decision about the geographical origin of the speaker. Adults with aphasia were significantly less accurate than control participants at identifying accents but both groups made the same pattern of errors. Adults with aphasia who are able to identify a new speaker as being from a particular place may draw on this information to help them “tune in” to the accent.

Type: Article
Title: Accent identification by adults with aphasia
Location: Univ Coll Cork, Cork, IRELAND
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3109/02699206.2012.753111
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/02699206.2012.753111
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics on 22 January 2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.3109/02699206.2012.753111.
Keywords: aphasia, adult, accent, categorization
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1361384
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