Intelligibility in Speech Disorders: Theory, Measurement and Management

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Intelligibility is the sine qua non of spoken language and disorders that impair intelligibility are among the most serious disorders of communication. The papers in this volume, written by authors experienced in intelligibility issues in speech pathology and related fields, describe the basic dimensions by which speech intelligibility can and must be understood. The dimensions are auditory perceptual, linguistic, acoustic and physiologic. These, in turn, are applied to the fundamental problems of definition and theory, measurement and clinical management. Only relatively recently has there been significant progress in formal intelligibility assessment and few, if any books have been published on intelligibility concerns in speech pathology. It is hoped that this book represents the topic of intelligibility in a way that will encourage further invention in research and clinical efforts relating to this essential aspect of speech and language performance. Contributors Nicholas Schiavetti, R. Bross, Gary Weismer and Ruth E. Martin, Lorraine Olson Ramig, James Emil Flege, Mary Joe Osberger, Kathryn M. Yorkston, Patricia A. Dowden and David R. Beukelman, W. Hardcastle and S. Edwards, Steven M. Barlow.
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Inaugurates a series of book-length studies and collections of papers on aspects of disordered communication, with the aim of stimulating academic debate into the related fields of speech pathology and clinical linguistics. Nine papers describe the basic dimensions by which speech intelligibility can be understood--auditory perceptual, linguistic, acoustic, and physiologic--and apply them to the fundamental problems of definition and theory, measurement, and clinical management. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Scaling procedures for the measurement of speech intelligibility 11
2 An application of structural linguistics to intelligibility measurement of impaired speakers of English 35
3 Acoustic and perceptual approaches to the study of intelligibility 67
4 The role of phonation in speech intelligibility: A review and preliminary data from patients with Parkinson's disease 119
5 The intelligibility of English vowels spoken by British and Dutch talkers 157
6 Speech intelligibility in the hearing impaired: Research and clinical implications 233
7 Intelligibility measurement as a tool in the clinical management of dysarthric speakers 265
8 EPG-based description of apraxic speech errors 287
9 Prospects for neurophysiological approaches to the study of speech intelligibility 329
Index 363
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