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Transcribing nonsense words: The effect of numbers of voices and repetitions

Knight, R.-A. (2010). Transcribing nonsense words: The effect of numbers of voices and repetitions. Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics, 24(6), pp. 473-484. doi: 10.3109/02699200903491267


Transcription skills are crucially important to all phoneticians, and particularly for speech and language therapists who may use transcriptions to make decisions about diagnosis and intervention. Whilst interest in factors affecting transcription accuracy is increasing, there are still a number of issues that are yet to be investigated. The present paper considers how the number and type of voices, and the number of repetitions affects the transcription of nonsense words. Thirty two students in their second year of study for a BSc in Speech and Language Therapy were participants in an experiment. They heard two nonsense words presented ten times in either one or two voices. Results show that the number and gender of voices did not affect accuracy, but that accuracy increased between six and ten repetitions. Implications for teaching and learning, clinical practice, and further research are discussed.

Publication Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Language & Communication Science
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