Mandarin-speaking, kindergarten-aged children with cochlear implants benefit from natural f0 patterns in the use of semantic context during speech recognition

Linjun Zhang, Jiuju Wang, Tian Hong, Yu Li, Yang Zhang, Hua Shu

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which semantic context and F0 contours affect speech recognition by Mandarin-speaking, kindergarten-aged children with cochlear implants (CIs). Method: The experimental design manipulated two factors, that is, semantic context, by comparing the intelligibility of normal sentence versus word list, and F0 contours, by comparing the intelligibility of utterances with natural versus flat F0 patterns. Twenty-two children with CIs completed a speech recognition test. Results: Children with CIs could use both semantic context and F0 contours to assist speech recognition. Furthermore, natural F0 patterns provided extra benefit when semantic context was present than when it was absent. Conclusion: Dynamic F0 contours play an important role in speech recognition by Mandarin-speaking children with CIs despite the well-known limitation of CI devices in extracting F0 information.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2146-2152
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Volume61
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2018

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Open Research Fund of the State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning Grant CNLYB1607, awarded to LZ, and by the National Key Basic Research Program of China Grant 2014CB846103, Natural Science Foundation of China Grant 31271082 and 81461130018, Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission Grant Z151100003915122, and Natural Science Foundation of Beijing Grant 7132119, awarded to HS. YZ was supported by the Grand Challenges Research Project Award and Brain Imaging Research Award from the University of Minnesota.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Evaluation Study

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