Children's perception of direct and indirect reported speech

Hewlett, Nigel and Kelsey, Cherry and Lickley, Robin (2003) Children's perception of direct and indirect reported speech. Proceedings of 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS), Barcelona. pp. 1313-1316.


Download (287kB)


This study investigated the abilities of adults and children to distinguish direct reported speech from indirect reported speech in sentences read aloud by a native English speaker. The adults were highly successful, the older children less so and the younger children were relatively unsuccessful. Indirect reported speech appeared to be the default category for the children. Potential prosodic cues were identified and measured from waveforms and pitch contours of the stimulus sentences. Statistical analysis was applied with a view to ascertaining which (combination of) cues best predicted the listener responses. The results suggest that pitch movement and duration both provided important cues to distinguishing the sentence types. The analysis also revealed a learning effect by all groups.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2011 10:48
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:40


Activity Overview

Actions (login required)

Edit Item Edit Item