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Phonetics

The Speech Organs and Airstream

Speech is produced by the speech organs, where airstream  causes the vocal folds to vibrate (this applies to the egressive airstream mechanism). The created sound then moves through the articulatory system, attaining its final form – one of the sounds used in the language of the speaker.  This text is an overview of what happens […]

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Speech and the Respiratory System

Speech, a form of human communication,  is produced by three groups of organs working together: respiratory, phonatory and articulatory. The dominant elements of the respiratory system [1] are the lungs, the chest wall and the diaphragm. Working together, they provide the mechanical energy in form of air pressure, the aerodynamic energy of the speech (Kent & Read […]