Shelome Gooden’s Prelinary Talk about Creole Language Prosody in the 21st Century


While gathering research articles for my project I came across a Youtube video of Shelome Gooden, a linguist, discussing her research on Creole language prosody in the 21st Centrury.

There is an absence of research on prosody and intonation in Creole language especially Belizean Kriol and so this discsussion was very informative for me. Gooden focoses on research pertaining to prosody of several Caribbean Creoles, and primarily focuses on Jamaican Creole (JC). Gooden highlights challenges and opportunities in creole language prosody research. She also emphasized that prosody is vital to the study of the evolution of, and variation in Creole languages and mentions that it played a role critical role in creole formation.

Gooden makes references to other research and states that there has been negative views towards Jamaican Creole and this contributes to sociophonetic differences. In Gooden’s research she uses instrumental data to contrast intonational patterns in Trinidadian Creole English and Jamaican Creole. She states JC and TC are generally assumed to have ‘hybrid’ prosodic systems between ‘stress’ languages and ‘pitch-accent’ languages. She ponders on what may constitute a tone language and the best way to investigate the history of prosodic patterns.

I was delighted to find a lingust that shares a similiar linguistic background as me because I can use her research as guidance when conducting my own research on Belizean Kriol and Belizean English.

Overview of “Delivering group speech maintenance therapy via telerehabilitation to people with Parkinson’s disease: A pilot study”

There is very limited research in regards to group speech therapy via telehealth in individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. I found this article in aiding my background and literature research in the topic.

The goal of this study was to see if telerehabilitation could be used to offer a group speech maintenance program, seen through eLoud and Proud, to patients with Parkinson’s disease. The method included eight people who have previously had LSVT LOUD were given treatment. The program, which lasted four weeks and consisted of two 90-minute sessions each week, focused on employing a “loud” voice in conversational and cognitively demanding activities. At three time points, data on sound pressure level (for sustained phonation, reading, and monologue tasks), maximum frequency range, maximum phonation duration, and impact of dysarthria on quality of life were collected. This include before treatment, immediately after treatment, and three months after treatment. At 3 months after the treatment, participants’ satisfaction with telerehabilitation was also measured. Significant gains were found in all three measures before treatment and were maintained for sustained phonation and reading activities at three months post-treatment, according to the findings. The remaining outcome measures revealed no significant differences. Telerehabilitation was generally well received by participants, who saw it as a viable alternative to traditional service delivery. To summarize, this research established the possibility of offering group speech maintenance therapy via telerehabilitation, as well as the ability of eLoud and Proud to enhance and maintain voice loudness in adults with Parkinson’s disease.