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Can children with speech difficulties process an unfamiliar accent?

Nathan, L. and Wells, B. (2001) Can children with speech difficulties process an unfamiliar accent? Applied Psycholinguistics, 22 (3). pp. 343-361. ISSN 0142-7164

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Abstract

This study explores the hypothesis that children identified as having phonological processing problems may have particular difficulty in processing a different accent. Children with speech difficulties (n = 18) were compared with matched controls on four measures of auditory processing. First, an accent auditory lexical decision task was administered. In one condition, the children made lexical decisions about stimuli presented in their own accent (London). In the second condition, the stimuli were spoken in an unfamiliar accent (Glaswegian). The results showed that the children with speech difficulties had a specific deficit on the unfamiliar accent. Performance on the other auditory discrimination tasks revealed additional deficits at lower levels of input processing. The wider clinical implications of the findings are considered.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2001 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > Department of Human Communication Sciences (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2006
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2014 16:14
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0142716401003046
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0142716401003046
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1529

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