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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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