Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
On-line version ISSN 1678-4227
PADOVANI, Marina; GIELOW, Ingrid and BEHLAU, Mara. Phonarticulatory diadochokinesis in young and elderly individuals. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 2009, vol.67, n.1, pp. 58-61. ISSN 1678-4227. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X2009000100015.
The phonoarticulatory diadochokinesis test has been recommended to evaluate neurological disorders. It is a speech task that consists of the ability to repeat at high speed a segment of speech. The purpose of this research is to analyze the diadochokinesia rate of adults from two distinct age groups. 23 young aice and speech analysis software Visi-Pitch III/Sona-Speech, KayElemetrics. Both groups presented with reduced diadochokinesia rate as the speech production became more complex. The young adults group presented with higher diadochokinesia rate in adults and 23 elderly people, both sexes participated in this study. Each participant produced the /pa/, /ta/, /ka/ syllables, the vowel /a/ and the /pataka/ sequence, as fast and as long as they could with habitual pitch and loudness. The speech samples were analyzed by using the voll speech tasks while the elderly adults group had a worse intensity control.
Keywords : speech; speech articulation tests; speech production measurement; speech acoustics.