In this study, adult speakers of African American English and Standard American English completed a nonword repetition task and made word likeness judgments of those nonwords. The nonwords were constructed to vary in phonotactic probability. The initial consonant vowel sequences in the adults’ repetitions of the nonwords were analyzed for accuracy. The word likeness judgments and the accuracy of repetition were compared across the two speaker groups. Additionally, the participants’ word likeness judgments were compared with their repetition accuracy of the nonwords. Analyses were conducted to determine if the phonotactic probability of the nonwords affected repetition accuracy or word likeness judgments. The data collected from the adults will be used to select stimuli for a larger longitudinal study of children’s language development.
University of Minnesota M.A. thesis. July 2012. Major: Speech-language-hearing sciences. Advisor: Professor Benjamin Munson. 1 computer file (PDF); v, 29 pages, appendix p. 25-29.
Andrzejewski, Amy R..
Nonword repetition and word likeness judgments in speakers of African American English and standard American English.
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