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Konstruktion och utprövning av datorbaserat test för intonation och rytm: Icke-språklig Testning Av Prosodi - ITAP
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Speech and Language Pathology .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Speech and Language Pathology .
2009 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Construction and Evaluation of a Computerized Test of Intonation and Rhythm : Non-Linguistic Testing of Prosody - ITAP (English)
Abstract [en]

Generally prosody is described as the rhythmic, dynamic and melodic features of language. Prosody is further often described as suprasegmental, since its properties go beyond vowels and consonants, which are segmental characteristics of language. A relationship between prosody and music has been noticed and described for several decades. At present, there are several studies proving relationship between prosodic and musical abilities.


The aim of the present study was to construct a test for prosodic non-linguistic perception and production regarding intonation and rhythm. The test was tried out on 16 children with typical language development aged 4;6-7;6 years.


Before testing of ITAP each participant were asked about musical experience. For formal assurance that the participants had typical language development a pretesting was performed.


The results demonstrate an even range and therefore the complexity of ITAP seems to be on a representative level. Furthermore, ITAP is viable and the design is advantageous. The results of the present study suggest that both phonological working memory and grammatical ability are related to the aspects of intonation tested in ITAP.


The study contributes to the knowledge about possible relations between prosodic and musical abilities, and it provides guidance on what children with typical language development are expected to achieve on ITAP.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Children with typical language development, prosody, musical ability, non-linguistic test
Keyword [sv]
Barn med typisk språkutveckling, prosodi, musikalisk förmåga, icke-språkligt test
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18813ISRN: LIU-IKE/SLP-A--09/007--SEOAI: diva2:221530
2009-05-20, Elsa Brändströmsalen, Campus US, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 11:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-06-04 Created: 2009-06-04 Last updated: 2010-12-10Bibliographically approved

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