Chapel Hill Multilingual Intelligibility Test (CHMIT)
If you would like to use our most recent software, Chapel Hill Recording Program (CHIRP), to run the monosyllabic English version of the CHMIT, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Both PC and Mac versions are available and we are distributing them at no cost. You may also use this software to administer and record a motor speech evaluation.
The purpose of the Chapel Hill Multilingual Intelligibility Test (CHMIT) is to estimate overall speech production ability in adults with speech difficulties. It was developed for people who may have difficulties reading or producing sentences (e.g. people with aphasia). Tests have been, and continue to be, developed in different languages.
The CHMIT takes five minutes to administer and five minutes to score. Each version of the test includes 600 unique words, but only 50 words are used each time the test is administered. The words are organized in sets that are phonetically similar but also as diverse as possible. This way we can minimize the risk that listeners learn the content of the test or use logic to predict the words they hear.
One word from each of the word sets is selected at random and speakers say these words by repeating a spoken or recorded model. The words are recorded and later presented to listeners for identification. We have found that a write-down scoring procedure is most useful. For test-retest purposes, it is sufficient to have a single listener score the test, but to ensure strong reliability, we recommend using three listeners.
The test is meant to be administered via software. Because it is administered with both audio-recorded and printed models, it is not necessary for the test administrator to know the language that is tested. Fluency is, of course, required for the listeners who score the test.
(Above: Pravasilis and Fisher at a poster presentation for the Spanish and Greek CHMIT).
Word lists for CHMIT in various languages
These pdf files include test content for several languages. These may be downloaded for educational, clinical, and research use. We hope you will find them useful. Please note that commercial use is prohibited (see copyright statement). Additional tests will be posted in the future, as they become available.
Authors (year published)
|CHMIT-e||English||Haley KL (2011)|
|CHMIT-d||Danish||Gammelgaard E & Haley KL (2016)|
|CHMIT-fi||Finnish||Morris M & Haley KL (2011)|
|CHMIT-fr||French||Jozefowicz S & Haley KL (2011).|
|CHMIT-ge||German||Thiessen A & Haley KL (2011).|
|CHMIT-gr||Greek||Pravasilis P & Haley KL (2014).|
|CHMIT-hi||Hindi||Salaria R & Haley KL (2011).|
|CHMIT-r||Russian||Dolgova, Y. & Haley KL (2011)|
|CHMIT-sp||Spanish||Fischer L. & Haley KL (2014).|
|CHMIT-sw||Swedish||Gery A & Haley KL (2011).|
The development of the English monosyllabic word test was made possible by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD, R03DC006163). The contents of the tests are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or the UNC School of Medicine Department of Allied Health Sciences.
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