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Making Speech Sounds

All English speech sounds are made on an outgoing (egressive) airstream. The process begins as air from the lungs (pulmonic air) passes upwards through the windpipe (trachea) and through the larynx. Larynx Within the larynx are two vocal folds. These are almost triangular in shape and…

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Studying Speech

Which variety of speech? The particular world language at the heart of this series of articles (English Speech Sounds 101), and this website, is English. There are, of course, many varieties of English: American English, Australian English, Caribbean English, Singaporean English, Nigerian English, and so…

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What is a speech sound?

Human beings are capable of uttering hundreds of sounds. If we fall and hurt ourselves, we may well let out a shriek or a pained, strangled sound of hurt – something akin to “Ow!” or “Argh!” However, not all uttered sounds such as these are speech…

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ENGLISH SPEECH SOUNDS 101

Overview This series of articles from the Human Communication 101  series is entitled ENGLISH SPEECH SOUNDS 101. It introduces the reader to articulatory phonetics, the study of how the human vocal tract is used to produce speech sounds. In doing so, it identifies all sounds that are…

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