The effects of word prediction and text-to-speech on the writing process of translating
Robert Cunningham, University of Missouri - Saint Louis, United States
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Missouri - Saint Louis . Awarded
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of the combination of word prediction and text-to-speech software on the writing process of translating.
Participants for this study included 10 elementary and middle school students who had a diagnosis of disorder of written expression. A modified multiple case series was used to collect data over a three-week period. The participants were asked to describe in writing what was happening in a picture-based writing prompt. The participants responded in writing using a word processor software alone in the pretest condition and using a word processor in conjunction with the word prediction, text-to-speech software WordQ in the posttest condition.
The results provide support for the use of the word prediction and text-to-speech features in WordQ with students who have a diagnosis of disorder of written expression. The participants’ written work was significant for having fewer spelling errors, increased syntactic maturity as measured by mean T-unit length and fewer overall words produced when using the WordQ software.
Cunningham, R. The effects of word prediction and text-to-speech on the writing process of translating. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, University of Missouri - Saint Louis. Retrieved March 20, 2019 from https://www.learntechlib.org/p/115519/.
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