About the Prosody-Voice Screening Profile (PVSP)

The Prosody-Voice Screening Profile (PVSP; Shriberg, Kwiatkowski, & Rasmussen, 1990) is a screening tool that incorporates perceptual judgments of the appropriateness of prosody and voice in 7 suprasegmental domains in a conversational speech sample: phrasing, rate, stress, loudness, pitch, laryngeal quality, and resonance. The PVSP has been used in Phonology Project research to characterize the prosody and voice of children, adolescents, and adults with typical and atypical speech.

Learning the PVSP coding procedures, which includes perceptual training on audio exemplars for several dozen codes, requires a significant investment of time. Once learned, it takes approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete a PVSP from the audio-recording of a conversational sample. The resources provided here include the PVSP manual with an addendum that provides several clarifications and updates to the coding procedures, a set of audio training modules, and scoring forms that can be printed as needed.