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.


  • Sidney A J Wood
Enheter & grupper

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Jämförande språkvetenskap och lingvistik
Sidor (från-till)25-43
TidskriftJournal of Phonetics
StatusPublished - 1979
Peer review utfördJa

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Wood, S. A. J., 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. (red.). Acoustical Society of America, Vol. 7.

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