Rhythm in Thai Esophageal Speech Duration measurements associated with rhythmic aspects of speech produced by one Thai esophageal speaker were compared to previously published identical measures for normal Thai speakers. Measures of central tendency and variability were taken of the duration of syllables, pauses, phrases, and interstress intervals. Despite a slower-than-normal overall speaking rate and ... Research Note
Research Note  |   December 01, 1986
Rhythm in Thai Esophageal Speech
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jack Gandour
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Bernd Weinberg
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Soranee Holasuit Petty
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Rochana Dardarananda
    Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand
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Research Note
Research Note   |   December 01, 1986
Rhythm in Thai Esophageal Speech
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1986, Vol. 29, 563-568. doi:10.1044/jshr.2904.563
History: Received October 28, 1985 , Accepted July 21, 1986
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1986, Vol. 29, 563-568. doi:10.1044/jshr.2904.563
History: Received October 28, 1985; Accepted July 21, 1986

Duration measurements associated with rhythmic aspects of speech produced by one Thai esophageal speaker were compared to previously published identical measures for normal Thai speakers. Measures of central tendency and variability were taken of the duration of syllables, pauses, phrases, and interstress intervals. Despite a slower-than-normal overall speaking rate and a shorter-than-normal phrase length, the esophageal speaker was able to maintain normal relative temporal relations among syllables within phrases. Although his speech was dysrhythmic at the overall discourse level, it was rhythmic at the phrase level. Findings are interpreted to highlight the importance of differentiating features of alaryngeal speech that are common across languages from those that are specific to particular languages.

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