ESCA Workshop on Audio-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP'97)

September 26-27, 1997
Rhodes, Greece

Visual Rhyming Effects in Deaf Children

Jacqueline Leybaert, Daniela Marchetti

Laboratoire de Psychologie experimentale - University Libre de Bruxelles, Belgique

An experiment was conducted on deaf children's ordered immediate recall of words presented in Cued-Speech (CS, i.e. speechreading+manual cues). The children recalled significantly fewer rhyming words than non rhyming words. They also recalled fewer words similar in speechreading and fewer words similar in CS than control words. These results are consistent with the notion that rhyming is not dependent upon a phonological code derived from audition (Dodd, 1987). They also indicate that deaf children use a code based on visual speech for short-term retention of CS stimuli. The relative weight of speechread and CS information in this visual code seems to vary with degree of intensity of exposure to CS.

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Bibliographic reference.  Leybaert, Jacqueline / Marchetti, Daniela (1997): "Visual rhyming effects in deaf children", In AVSP-1997, 13-16.