Mary Lou Kavanagh
E. Jane Fee
Philip C Doyle
Herbert A Leeper
The purpose of this study was to obtain normative nasalance scores (the ratio of nasal and nasal-plus-oral acoustic energy) for adult speakers from three dialetal regions within the Atlantic Provinces of Canada: Moncton, New Brunswick, St. John's, Newfoundland, and Halifax, Nova Scotia. Further objectives were to determione if differences in nasalance scores simialr to those observed by Seaver et al. (1991) (I.e., region and gender) exist, and to determine if Nasometer placements or number of reading trials influenced nasalance scores. Results showed no significant differences for nasalance scores between the three dialect groups, between males and females, before and after replacement of the Nasometer, or after repeated trials, with exception of the Nasal Sentences Passage. These results suggest that the influence of dialectal differences upon nasalance scores is negligible for the three Canadian dialects studied.
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