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Title: Articulation of whispered alveolar consonants
Author(s): Osfar, Megan J.
Advisor(s): Shosted, Ryan K.
Department / Program: Linguistics
Discipline: Linguistics
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): whisper alveolar consonants hyperarticulation electropalatography (EPG)
Abstract: This thesis explores the articulation of whispered and normally-spoken alveolar consonants through the use of electropalatography (EPG). While whisper is a well-researched topic, most prior studies have been limited to glottal and acoustic examinations. This study aims to directly measure the articulatory changes speech undergoes when it is whispered. Alveolar consonants /t/, /d/, and /n/ were studied in /iCi/, /aCa/, and /uCu/ environments. Maximum center of gravity, average center of gravity, contacted surface area, and contacted surface area variability were measured. Whispered consonants were found to have a greater duration and COG than normal consonants. Whispered consonants also showed evidence of hyperarticulation: they had lower surface area contact percentages and variability versus normal speech.
Issue Date: 2011-08-25
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/26173
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Megan J. Osfar
Date Available in IDEALS: 2011-08-25
Date Deposited: 2011-08
 

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