Kathleen M Kurowski

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Several types of measurements were made to determine the acoustic characteristics that distinguish between voiced and voiceless fricatives in various phonetic environments. The selection of measurements was based on a theoretical analysis that indicated the acoustic and aerodynamic attributes at the boundaries between fricatives and vowels. As expected,(More)
This study compared the post-CVA speech of a patient presenting with the foreign accent syndrome (FAS) to both a premorbid baseline for that patient and to similarly analyzed data from an earlier reported case of FAS. The object of this research was to provide quantitative acoustic data to determine whether: (1) the constellation of phonetic features(More)
Two studies were conducted to explore the hypothesis that Broca's and Wernicke's aphasics have deficits arising from the processes involved in activating the lexicon from phonological form. The first study explored whether phonologically similar lexical entries differing only in their initial consonants show "rhyme priming." Results revealed that Broca's(More)
This study reassessed the role of the nasal murmur and formant transitions as perceptual cues for place of articulation in nasal consonants across a number of vowel environments. Five types of computer-edited stimuli were generated from natural utterances consisting of [m n] followed by [i e a o u]: (1) full murmurs; (2) transitions plus vowel segments; (3)(More)
This study investigated the acoustic characteristics of voicing in the production of fricative consonants. The fricatives [f v s z] were used in combination with the vowels [i e a o u] to create CV syllables, which were produced by four subjects both in a context condition (following voiced and voiceless velar stops) and in isolation. Analyses were(More)
The goal of this study was to determine whether acoustic properties could be derived for English labial and alveolar nasal consonants that remain stable across vowel contexts, speakers, and syllable positions. In experiment I, critical band analyses were conducted of five tokens each of [m] and [n] followed by the vowels [i e a o u] spoken by three(More)
Two experiments were conducted exploring on-line processing of filler-gap construction in aphasia. An auditory-auditory lexical decision paradigm was used to investigate whether Broca's and Wernicke's aphasic patients show, as do normals, reactivation of the filler at the gap site. Experiment I investigated the processing of a number of filler-gap(More)
Recent reports of subclinical phonetic deficits in posterior and most particularly in Wernicke's aphasics have challenged the traditional dichotomy which characterized speech deficits in aphasia as anterior/phonetic and posterior/phonological. It is unclear whether the basis of the phonetic deficit in posterior aphasics reflects the fact that the speech(More)
This study investigated the acoustic characteristics of voicing in English fricative consonants produced by anterior aphasics and the effects of phonetic context on these characteristics. Three patients produced voiced and voiceless fricative-vowel syllables in isolation, following a voiced velar stop, and following a voiceless velar stop. Acoustic analyses(More)