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Auditory sequence analysis and phonological skill

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Manon Grube, Dr Sukhbinder Kumar, Freya Cooper, Professor Tim Griffiths

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Abstract

This work tests the relationship between auditory and phonological skill in a non-selected cohort of 238 school students (age 11) with the specific hypothesis that sound-sequence analysis would be more relevant to phonological skill than the analysis of basic, single sounds. Auditory processing was assessed across the domains of pitch, time and timbre; a combination of six standard tests of literacy and language ability was used to assess phonological skill. A significant correlation between general auditory and phonological skill was demonstrated, plus a significant, specific correlation between measures of phonological skill and the auditory analysis of short sequences in pitch and time. The data support a limited but significant link between auditory and phonological ability with a specific role for sound-sequence analysis, and provide a possible new focus for auditory training strategies to aid language development in early adolescence.


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Author(s): Grube M, Kumar S, Cooper FE, Turton S, Griffiths TD

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Year: 2012

Volume: 279

Issue: 1746

Pages: 4496-4504

Print publication date: 07/11/2012

ISSN (print): 0962-8452

ISSN (electronic): 1471-2954

Publisher: The Royal Society Publishing

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.1817

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.1817


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