What is it about?

This study looked at how our jaw, tongue tip, and lips work together when we speak. Using articulography, we found that while our tongue tip and lips shape speech sounds, our jaw movements don't match up perfectly: the lower jaw leaves the position earlier and arrives later. Basically, our jaw helps set the rhythm of speech, acting as a sort of frame, while our tongue and lips provide the details.

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Why is it important?

Overall, this research helps us understand how different parts of our mouth work together to produce speech.


One particularly intriguing aspect of this article is how we were able to showcase the use of acceleration as a measuring tool. Just like a car speeding up or slowing down, our articulators (the moving parts of our mouth) also undergo changes in speed as we speak. By precisely measuring these accelerations, researchers can pinpoint exactly when certain speech sounds are produced and how our articulators coordinate to make them happen. It's like unraveling the intricate choreography of speech production, revealing the subtle nuances of how we communicate.

Malin Svensson Lundmark
Lunds Universitet

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This page is a summary of: Segmental and Syllabic Articulations: A Descriptive Approach, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, March 2024, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA),
DOI: 10.1044/2024_jslhr-23-00092.
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