Listening to and Typing the Tape-Recorded Speech Sample
Since the typed audio transcript of the verbal sample is of primary
significance in verbal behavior research, its accuracy is of extreme importance
to the reliability and validity of the results. In the process of typing a
recorded speech sample, for a number of reasons there may be words that cannot
be heard clearly.
- Remove the earphones and attempt to distinguish words by playing the sound
directly to the room at large.
- Vary the volume. Words sometimes become more easily
distinguishable at a lower or higher volume.
- Use a second person to listen.
- When all else fails, do not guess. Try to determine how many words are
being omit ted. Indicate the approximate number of words omitted in parentheses
at the appropriate point in the transcript (see ).
- Ask the person who took the verbal sample for assistance. Especially if the
word or phrase is difficult to perceive because of the use of unusual names or
words, or odd sentence construction, the person who obtained the verbal sample
can frequently be helpful.
- While in rough draft form, the verbal sample may be relistened to by an
independent observer to check its accuracy. This step is especially crucial for
those verbal samples where many nonverbal vocalizations have been used or where
there has been difficulty with indistinct words..
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