Delayed auditory feedback in polyglot simultaneous interpreters

Franco Fabbro, Valeria Darò

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Twelve polyglot students of simultaneous interpretation and 12 controls (students of the faculty of Medicine) were submitted to a task of verbal fluency under amplified normal auditory feedback (NAF) and under three delayed auditory feed back (DAF) conditions with three different delay intervals (150, 200, and 250 msec). The control group showed a significant reduction in verbal fluency and a significant increase in the number of mistakes in all three DAF conditions. The interpreters' group, however, did not show any significant speech disruption neither in the subjects' mother tongue (LI) nor in their second language (L2) across all DAF conditions. Interpreters' general high verbal fluency along with their ability to pay less attention to their own verbal output make them more resistant to the interfering effects of DAF on speech.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-319
Number of pages11
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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