Influence of age and native language on immediate verbal repetition
Perceptual and Motor Skills
Objectives of this quasi-experimental study were to assess whether age of listeners and native language of the speaker affected the accurate repetition of words, sentences, and utterances, including medical vocabulary. Two experiments were conducted. In Exp. 1, 20 young adults and 20 older adults repeated 60 words and 30 sentences produced by native and nonnative English speakers. In Exp. 2, 30 young adults and 30 older adults repeated medically oriented utterances spoken by native and nonnative English speakers. Analysis showed that older adults had significantly lower repetition scores (accuracy) than the young adults on all tasks. Both groups had significantly higher repetition scores on items produced by native English speakers than nonnative English speakers. Investigations should focus on strategies which may aid native English speakers in understanding non-native English speakers. © Perceptual and Motor Skills 2009.
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
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Burda, Angela N.; Bradley-Potter, Melissa; Dralle, Jessi; Murphy, Jane; Ries, Sarah; and Roehs, Andrea, "Influence of age and native language on immediate verbal repetition" (2009). Faculty Publications. 2227.