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An exploration of methods for rating children's productions of sibilant fricatives

TitleAn exploration of methods for rating children's productions of sibilant fricatives
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsMunson, B., & Carlson K. Urberg
JournalSpeech, Language, and Hearing
Volume19
Issue1
Pagination36-45
Date Published10/27/2015
Other NumbersPMC4856217
Abstract

This paper examines three methods for providing ratings of within-category detail in children's
productions of /s/ and //. A group of listeners (n=61) participated in a rating task in which a
forced-choice phoneme identification task was followed by one of three measures of phoneme
goodness: visual analog scaling, direct magnitude estimation, or a Likert scale judgment. All
three types of ratings were similarly correlated with sounds’ acoustic characteristics. Visual
analog scaling and Likert scale judgments had higher intra-rater reliability than did direct
magnitude estimation. Moreover, both of them elicited a wider range of judgments than did
direct magnitude estimation. Based on our evaluation, Likert scale judgments and visual analog
scaling are equally useful tasks for eliciting within-category judgments. Of these two, visual
analog scaling may be preferable because it allows for more distinct levels of response.

URLhttp://www.maneyonline.com/loi/slh
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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