This study aimed to determine the main\ud characteristics of normal tongue palate patterns for\ud velar stops. EPG data from the EUR-ACCOR\ud database were analysed for nonsense VCV\ud sequences containing /k/ in nine vowel contexts for\ud seven English speaking adults. Incomplete EPG\ud closure across the palate for /k/ occurred in 19%\ud (range 4%-41%) of utterances with the most\ud number of incomplete closures in /aka/ and the\ud least in /uki/. As predicted, place of articulation\ud was dependant on vowel context. The most fronted\ud was the velar occlusion in /iki/ and the most\ud retracted in /aka/. In terms of amount of contact,\ud /k/ in /iki/ environment had almost twice as much\ud tongue palate contact compared to /aka/ in all\ud speakers (mean 42% for /iki/ compared to 22% for\ud /aka/). There was considerable interspeaker\ud variability in all variables. The implications of the\ud results for diagnosing and treating speech disorders\ud are discussed
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