Bi-syllabic, modern Greek word lists for use in word recognition tests.

Clinical Psychoacoustics Laboratory, 3rd Psychiatric Department, Neuroscience Division, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
International Journal of Audiology (Impact Factor: 1.84). 02/2006; 45(2):74-82.
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The development of a word recognition test for Modern Greek, which is comprised of three fifty-word lists, is described herein. The development was guided by four principles: (1) use of the shortest words possible (two syllables for Greek) (2) use of highly frequent words (3) phonetic balance and (4) appropriate balance of first and second syllable stress. The lists were recorded by one male and one female native speakers. Thirty-seven native speakers of Greek listened to all words by both speakers. Across lists, the mean correct identification score was 97.9% for the female voice (95% confidence interval 96.97 to 98.84) and 96.5% (95% confidence interval 95.31 to 97.77) for the male voice. This small difference was statistically significant (p < .01) and concentrated on words with first syllable stress. In future work, these recordings can be used in adult tests of speech perception and can be modified for tests of central auditory processing.

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