Online Course Detail

 

In this class, a conceptual framework for understanding sources of variability in speech intelligibility is introduced. Current research findings regarding the effectiveness of clear speech as a strategy for enhancing speech intelligibility for a variety of listener populations are explored. The acoustic-phonetic features of clear speech are described, and ways of applying clear speech enhancement strategies to real-world communicative settings are identified.

This is a Recorded Course which requires either a Windows-based computer or a Mac with speakers/headphones to view. More information is available in the FAQs/Help section.

Length: 60 minutes

Cost: Free to View

Course Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to discuss how to analyze cases of compromised speech intelligibility, whether due to communicative deficits on the part of the talker or the hearer, in terms of a general conceptual framework that distinguishes between signal-dependent and signal-independent factors.
  • Participants will be able to discuss with clear speech as a strategy that talkers with normal speech and hearing can adopt as a means of enhancing speech intelligibility for a variety of listener populations.
  • Participants will be able to identify some of the key features of clear speech as produced by speakers with normal speech and hearing.
  • Participants will be able to identify means of applying basic findings from the clear speech research enterprise to specific, real-world communicative settings.

Course Instructor(s):  
Ann Bradlow, Ph.D., Department of Linguistics, Northwestern University