Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Prosody of Recurrent Utterances in Aphasic Patients

Junko Matsubara (1), Toshihiro Kashiwagi (1), Morio Kohno (2), Hirotaka Tanabe (3), Asako Kashiwagi (4)

(1) Department of Rehabilitation, Kyowakai Hospital, Osaka
(2) Kobe City University of Foreign Studies
(3) Department of Neuropsychiatry, Osaka University Medical School
(4) Department of Rehabilitation, Kyoritsu Rehabilitation Hospital, Japan

Prosody of recurrent utterances (RU) in four aphasic patients was investigated focusing on a prosodic factor of fundamental frequency (F0). In addition, we assessed numbers and lengths of phrases within an utterance to determine the general aspects of RUs. The results demonstrated that (1) all cases had some variability in the numbers and lengths of phrases, (2) of the four subjects, three had only a limited number of F0 contour types, but (3) the other (Case 4) showed remarkably rich variability in the types of F0 contours. A hypothesis is proposed that F0 control in speaking is independent of other mechanisms involved in producing RUs.

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Bibliographic reference.  Matsubara, Junko / Kashiwagi, Toshihiro / Kohno, Morio / Tanabe, Hirotaka / Kashiwagi, Asako (1994): "Prosody of recurrent utterances in aphasic patients", In ICSLP-1994, 1211-1214.