SPEECH-INTELLIGIBILITY IN TONE LANGUAGE (CHINESE) LARYNGECTOMY SPEAKERS
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AbstractTone language speakers use lexical tone or fundamental frequency to signal meaning. Therefore, native tone language alaryngeal speakers encountering difficulty imparting lexical tone variation would suffer loss of speech intelligibility. This study examines the intelligibility of lexical tone produced by four different alaryngeal speech methods, namely: oesophageal speech, electrolarynx, a pneumatic device and tracheo-oesophageal speech. Isolated and embedded monosyllabic Chinese words produced by 53 alaryngeal speakers were presented to three normally hearing young adult listeners with no prior exposure to laryngectomy speech. The listeners transcribed the speech orthographically. Significant differences were found in the intelligibility level between the different speech methods. Listeners' responses were also pooled together and analysed for tone and segmental errors. Errors of tone alone were found to occur more often than segmental errors.
All Author(s) ListYIU EML, VANHASSELT CA, WILLIAMS SR, WOO JKS
Journal nameEUROPEAN JOURNAL OF DISORDERS OF COMMUNICATION
Year1994
Month1
Day1
Volume Number29
Issue Number4
PublisherCOLLEGE SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPISTS
Pages339 - 347
ISSN0963-7273
LanguagesEnglish-United Kingdom
KeywordsALARYNGEAL SPEECH; INTELLIGIBILITY; LARYNGECTOMY; TONE LANGUAGE
Web of Science Subject CategoriesCommunication; Rehabilitation

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