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Articulatory characteristics of the occlusion phase of /t / compared to /t/ in adult speech

By Marko Liker, Fiona Gibbon, Alan A Wrench and Damir Horga

Abstract

This study used electropalatography (EPG) to investigate articulatory characteristics of /t / and /t/ occlusion in order to\ud provide normative data to be used for the diagnosis and treatment of individuals with speech disorders. EPG data from the\ud EUR-ACCOR database were analysed for nonsense VCV sequences containing /t / and /t/ in nine vowel contexts for seven\ud English speaking adults. The main results of this study are that all speakers had a significantly more posterior placement for\ud /t / compared to /t/ and that placement was stable during the occlusion phase of both /t / and /t/. For most speakers, the\ud occlusion phase was longer for /t / compared to /t/, the occlusion phase generally involved more EPG contact and was slightly\ud more variable in /t / compared to /t/, but these differences were not statistically significant for all speakers. The implications\ud of the results for diagnosing and treating speech disorders are discussed

Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 2007
OAI identifier: oai:eresearch.qmu.ac.uk:2034
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