A radiographic analysis of constriction locations for vowels
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Vocal tract area functions estimated from 38 sets of X-rayed vowel articulations collected from the literature and from new X-ray motion films of English and Arabic speech reveal four constriction locations: along the hard palate, along the soft palate, in the upper pharynx and in the lower larynx. Each location is appropriate for a definable class of vowel qualities, confirming the quantal nature of at least this aspect of vowel articulation. The acoustical, physiological and phonological implications are discussed. In a given phonotactic environment the precision of the constricting tongue manoeuvre was good. The only truly language specific difference was a preference for either the midpalatal or prepalatal location for palatal constrictions. The tongue muscles are found to be admirably situated for creating constrictions at the four locations.
|Research areas and keywords||
Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY
|Journal||Journal of Phonetics|
|Publication status||Published - 1979|
Related research output
1991, Papers in speech communication. Speech production (Reprinted from Journal of Phonetics 7, 1979, p.25-43). Kent, R. D., Atal, B. S. & Miller, J. L. (eds.). Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 7.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Book chapter