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The development of sound systems in human language

  title={The development of sound systems in human language},
  author={Klaus J. Kohler},
This paper presents a few ideas on the question of what is a speech sound, and it takes as its point of departure the seminal work by Lindblom and coauthors, especially [1,2,3,4,5,6,7]. So the aim is a contribution to the explanation of fundamental general phonetic categories in human speech and of descriptive language facts under the perspectives of universals in phylogenetic evolution, ontogenetic acquisition, communicative function and historical change. The following theoretical premises of… 
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Pulmonic ingressive phonation: Diachronic and synchronic characteristics, distribution and function in animal and human sound production and in human speech

  • R. Eklund
  • Linguistics
    Journal of the International Phonetic Association
  • 2008
This paper looks at the phenomenon of ingressive speech, i.e. speech produced on a pulmonic ingressive airstream, set in the context of human and animal ingressive phonation. The literature on

Some differences between clicks and labio-velars

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On the Notion "Possible Speech Sound

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Sixteen English consonants were spoken over voice communication systems with frequency distortion and with random masking noise. The listeners were forced to guess at every sound and a count was made

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Glottal Stops and Glottalization in German

Abstract This paper presents the results of an auditory and instrumental investigation into glottal stops and glottalization as boundary markers in German colloquial read speech of a North German

Patterns of sounds

The size and structure of phonological inventories, and the design of the UCLA Phonological Segment Inventory Database' Indices.

Experiments in Sound and Structural Vibrations Using an Air-Analog Model Ducted Propulsion System

Abstract : The prediction of the radiated acoustic signature of underwater structures has been and will continue to be of great importance for the Navy. New and innovative designs of maneuvering and