Productive Voice Onset Time Characteristics of Esophageal Speech The voice onset times (VOT) of a large number of stop-consonant initiated syllables produced by esophageal and normal speakers were measured. Esophageal speakers systematically varied VOT during the production of speech-sound categories with the same manner of production. Average voice onset times associated with the production of prevocalic voiceless stops ... Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1978
Productive Voice Onset Time Characteristics of Esophageal Speech
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • John M. Christensen
    Idaho State University, Pocatello
  • Bernd Weinberg
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • Peter J. Alfonso
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
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Research Article   |   March 01, 1978
Productive Voice Onset Time Characteristics of Esophageal Speech
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1978, Vol. 21, 56-62. doi:10.1044/jshr.2101.56
History: Received October 28, 1976 , Accepted July 13, 1977
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1978, Vol. 21, 56-62. doi:10.1044/jshr.2101.56
History: Received October 28, 1976; Accepted July 13, 1977

The voice onset times (VOT) of a large number of stop-consonant initiated syllables produced by esophageal and normal speakers were measured. Esophageal speakers systematically varied VOT during the production of speech-sound categories with the same manner of production. Average voice onset times associated with the production of prevocalic voiceless stops of esophageal speakers were significantly shorter than those of normal speakers, while talker-group comparisons associated with the production of voiced prevocalic stops were nonsignificant. Voice onset times of both esophageal and normal speakers were differentially sensitive to place of articulation. Findings are discussed in terms of furthering current understanding of how effectively esophageal speakers achieve important phonological contrasts.

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