Helping children learn non-native articulations: the implications for ultrasound-based clinical intervention.

Joanne Cleland, James Scobbie, Satsuki Naki, Alan Wrench

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An increasing number of studies are examining the effectiveness of ultrasound as a visual biofeedback device for speech production training or therapy. However, no randomised control trials exist. We compared the success of typically-developing children learning new articulations with and without ultrasound biofeedback. Thirty children aged 6-12 were randomly assigned to 2 groups: Group U were taught novel (non-English) consonants and vowels using ultrasound in addition to imitation, modelling, articulatory descriptions and feedback on performance. Group A were taught the same speech sounds, using the same methods but in the absence of ultrasound visual biofeedback. Results showed that both groups of children improved in their production of the novel sounds with the exception of the high back vowels [u,ɯ]. No advantage for Group U was found, except for the palatal stop [c].
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences : ICPhS 2015
Editors The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015
Place of PublicationScotland
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015


Conference18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
CountryUnited Kingdom
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  • ultrasound
  • ultrasound visual biofeedback
  • speech
  • speech sounds

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