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Verbal Facility and Rate

How is speaking rate calculated in SALT? I'm especially interested in knowing how fillers, repetitions, and unfinished words are incorporated into the calculation.

I have two cases in mind. One is a child who stutters, and I don't know if his repetitions and revisions were included in his speaking rate. The other case is a child who spoke very quietly, so I repeated a lot of what he said, in order to be able to transcribe it later. About 40% of the utterances in the transcription are examiner utterances, which were produced at a faster rate than the child's utterances. I'm wondering if there's any way to salvage the rate calculation for that child.

Thank you!

Posted by Julie I on Feb 1, 2015

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  • Salt Support

    "Words per minute" is calculated by dividing the count of all the words of each speaker by the total elapsed time of the sample. The only words not included are the part words (those ending with an asterisk). Since time is not marked before and after each speaker's turn, SALT cannot separate the amount of time for each speaker. It assumes all speakers are speaking at the same rate.

    The best way to know how any of the variables are calculated is to press the function key when the specific report is displayed.

    Posted by SALT Support Staff Dec 5, 2014

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