15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

An Articulatory and Acoustic Study of Cluttering

Mariam Hartinger, Daniel Pape

Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Germany

Cluttering is, thus far, a lesser investigated fluency disorder. While decades ago pathologists focused on the personality of clutterers (e.g. aggressive, messy, hasty), more recent work is dedicated to neurological, phonetic, speech and even hand motor aspects in seeking to understand the disorder. This paper will present an articulatory and acoustic study of speech motor abilities of three clutterers and three control speakers by means of the electromagnetic midsagittal articulography. The speech material consisted of repetitive CV- syllables and foreign words. Our results generally provide evidence that clutterers show kinematic patterns for the repetitive syllables similar to those of the control group, but their results differ with respect to the foreign words. Results show much more variable articulation for all clutterers as well as reduction phenomena for one clutterer.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hartinger, Mariam / Pape, Daniel (2003): "An articulatory and acoustic study of cluttering", In ICPhS-15, 3245-3248.