The intent of this thesis is to explore and develop the quantification of AOS features, particularly the deficits of prosodic elements, lexical stress and duration. This study investigated whether PVI can be used as a sensitive tool for the differential diagnosis of AOS. Specifically, we sought to determine whether analysis of vowel length of stressed and unstressed syllables is helpful in differentiating between individuals with AOS and aphasia versus aphasia alone. Significant differences support the hypothesis that PVI, analyzed from vowel length, is uniquely affected in AOS. This yields reason for further research in prosodic deficits in differential diagnosis, as well as application of this theory for a speech-language pathologist.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Health and Public Affairs
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Orlando (Main) Campus
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Ferranti, Jennifer G., "The Role of Stress in the Differential Diagnosis of Apraxia of Speech and Aphasia" (2018). Honors Undergraduate Theses. 388.