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Anna-Leena Martikainen, Tuula Savinainen-Makkonen & Sari Kunnari (2020) Speech inconsistency and its association with speech production, phonological awareness and nonword repetition skills, Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, DOI: 10.1080/02699206.2020.1827296

Speech inconsistency and its association with speech production, phonological awareness and nonword repetition skills

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Author: Martikainen, Anna-Leena1; Savinainen-Makkonen, Tuula1; Kunnari, Sari1
Organizations: 1Logopedics, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi-fe20201221101668
Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2021-10-05
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate relationships between speech inconsistency, speech production skills, phonological awareness and nonword repetition (NWR) in 24 preschool-aged Finnish-speaking children with speech sound disorder (SSD) and in 31 children with typical speech and language development (TD). Speech inconsistency was assessed by a picture-naming task repeated three times during one assessment session. The participants’ speech production skills were assessed with the Finnish Test for Phonology and a diadochokinetic (DDK) task. Phonological awareness was investigated by the tasks of Rhyme and initial syllable awareness and Syllable segmentation, and NWR by ten 2–4-syllabic nonwords. The findings indicated that the children with SSD were less accurate in speech production and NWR than the children with TD. No difference was found in phonological awareness. Among the children with SSD, speech inconsistency was correlated with accuracy in overall speech production, DDK task, and NWR. Among the children with TD, speech inconsistency was correlated with accuracy in overall speech production, partly with phonological awareness, and with NWR. The results provide support for the idea that when assessing speech inconsistency in children with SSD, a process-oriented approach may be needed in order to obtain an adequately broad picture of their skill profiles.

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Series: Clinical linguistics & phonetics
ISSN: 0269-9206
ISSN-E: 1464-5076
ISSN-L: 0269-9206
Volume: In press
DOI: 10.1080/02699206.2020.1827296
OADOI: https://oadoi.org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1827296
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 6121 Languages
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Funding: This work was supported by the North Karelia Regional Fund of the Finnish Cultural Foundation [040514, 170515, 210517]; The University of Oulu Scholarship Foundation [290520]; Faculty of Humanities, University of Oulu [060315].
Copyright information: © 2020 Taylor & Francis. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics on 05 Oct 2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/02699206.2020.1827296.