Segmental Gestures at the Laryngeal Level in Whispered Speech Evidence from an Aerodynamic Study Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 1980
Segmental Gestures at the Laryngeal Level in Whispered Speech
 
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  • Gary Weismer
    Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Dana Longstreth
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
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Research Article   |   June 01, 1980
Segmental Gestures at the Laryngeal Level in Whispered Speech
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1980, Vol. 23, 383-392. doi:10.1044/jshr.2302.383
History: Received January 24, 1979 , Accepted May 29, 1979
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, June 1980, Vol. 23, 383-392. doi:10.1044/jshr.2302.383
History: Received January 24, 1979; Accepted May 29, 1979

Peak intraoral air pressure and flow were measured simultaneously for the syllables /pa/and/ba/in two speaking conditions (syllable repetitions, and in carrier phrases) and in two phonation modes (normal phonation and whisper). Results indicated that 1) the difference between the intraoral air pressure for/p/and/b/was statistically significant in normal phonation, but not in whisper, 2) the difference in peak flow for/p/and /b/was statistically significant in both normal phonation and whisper, and 3) the pressure and flow data were unaffected by speaking conditions. These data, plus a subsequent analysis of intraoral pressure slopes, are taken to indicate that the voiceless and voiced members of a stop-cognate pair are produced in whisper with unique laryngeal gestures.

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