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Children’s timing and repair strategies for communication in adverse listening conditions.

Hazan, VL; Pettinato, M; (2013) Children’s timing and repair strategies for communication in adverse listening conditions. In: Proceedings of Interspeech 2013. (pp. 1273 - 1277). the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA): Baixas, France. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated the development of clear speech strategies in children. Groups of 20 talkers aged 9-10 and 13- 14 years were recorded in pairs while they carried out ‘spot the difference’ picture tasks, either while hearing each other normally (‘no barrier’) or when one talker heard the other via a noise vocoder (VOC), which led their interlocutor (‘talker A’) to clarify their speech to maintain effective communication. Data were compared to those previously collected for 20 adults. Mean word duration, number and duration of pauses were calculated for talker A. Strategies used in response to direct requests for clarification were also classified. Children spoke at a slower rate than teens and adults, who did not differ. Relative to ‘no barrier’, all groups significantly reduced their speech rate in VOC and used longer pauses, but the relative change in pause rate across conditions was greater for adults than children or teens. In response to a direct clarification request, children and teens used a higher rate of repetitions than adults who used more varied strategies. These results suggest that although children use some strategies to clarify their speech in difficult conditions, other strategies continue to develop until late adolescence.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Children’s timing and repair strategies for communication in adverse listening conditions.
Event: 14th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association
Location: Lyon, France
Dates: 2013-08-25 - 2013-08-29
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 ISCA. This article can be downloaded and printed provided that it is correctly referenced. It can not be distributed without prior permission from the International Speech Communication Association (ISCA).
Keywords: speech production, speech and language acquisition.
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1403223
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