A comparison of temporal processing and spectral processing abilities of monolingual, bilingual and multilingual children

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Objective: This study examined the effects of bilingualism and multilingualism on supra-threshold auditory processing abilities in children. Design: Cross-sectional study. Study sample: Ninety children participated in the study, based on the number of languages they know children were assigned into three groups, i.e. monolingual, bilingual and multilingual. Amplitude modulation detection threshold, gap detection threshold, pitch discrimination threshold and spectral ripple discrimination threshold were measured. Results: Results showed superior supra-threshold auditory processing abilities among multilingual and bilingual children than monolingual children. The results further showed that, the supra-threshold auditory processing of multilingual children was better than bilingual children. Conclusion: This finding suggests that knowledge of multiple languages improves supra-threshold auditory processing abilities. This study adds to the growing body of literature supporting the superior supra-threshold auditory processing abilities among bilingual and multilingual individuals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Audiology
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 01-01-2020

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Aptitude
Auditory Threshold
ability
Multilingualism
multilingualism
Pitch Discrimination
discrimination
Child Language
language
Spectrality
Temporal Processing
cross-sectional study
Language
Cross-Sectional Studies
Auditory Processing

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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