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A comparison of studio recordings and recordings of spontaneous speech: assessments of voice quality in pre-school children
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Speech and Language Pathology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Sinnescentrum, Department of ENT - Head and Neck Surgery UHL.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2208-0630
2011 (English)In: Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC9), Marseille, France / [ed] Antoine Giovanni & Nathalie Henrich, Marseille, 2011Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A well controlled recording in a studio is the basis for voice rehabilitation. However, this laboratory like recording method can be questioned since voice use in a natural environment may be quite different. In children’s natural environment high background noise levels are common and an important factor contributing to voice problems. The noise exposure often occurs in day-care centers with the children themselves as the primary noise source (McAllister, Granqvist, Sjölander, Sundberg 2009). The aim of the present study was to compare perceptual evaluations of voice quality from a controlled recording to recordings of spontaneous speech in children’s natural environment in a day-care setting. Ten five-year-old children were recorded three times during a day at the day-care. The controlled speech material consisted of repeated sentences. Matching sentences were selected from the spontaneous speech. All sentences were repeated times three. The recordings were randomized and analyzed acoustically and evaluated perceptually by three expert listeners. Statistic analyses of all recordings showed that the laboratory sentences represent spontaneous speech characteristics regarding degree of hoarseness (r=.52) and to a lesser extent also for breathiness (r=. 401). For boys a correlation was found only for the parameter breathiness (r=.539) and for girls only for hoarseness (r=.648).  



McAllister, A., Granqvist, S. Sjölander, P. Sundberg, J. (2009). Child voice and noise: A pilot study of the effect of a day at the day-care on ten children’s voice quality according to perceptual evaluation. J Voice, Sep;23(5):587-93.

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Marseille, 2011.
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child voice, perceptual evaluation, recording situation, spontaneous speech
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Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-72919OAI: diva2:463652
Pan European Voice Conference (PEVOC9), Marseille,August 2011
Bar, utveckling och genus - BUG (Child, development and gender),
Swedish Research Council, 2002-3863
Available from: 2011-12-10 Created: 2011-12-10 Last updated: 2015-09-22

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