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

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

Phonetic Analysis of Functional Disorders of Vocal Articulation in Cases of Intra-Oral Carcinoma - A Pre- and Postoperative Long-Term Study

Sabine Koppetsch (1), Klaus Dahlmeier (2)

(1) Zentrum fur Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Germany
(2) Independent Researcher, Germany

This study explores pre- and postoperative speech motor abilities in cases of patients suffering from cancer in the oral cavity affecting the tongue or the floor of the mouth. Depending on the course of therapy (surgical treatment vs. radio-chemotherapeutical treatment vs. combination of surgery and postoperative radio-chemotherapy) intra-oral carcinoma leads to varied forms of functional articulation disorders. The results reveal that radio-chemotherapy is the most important factor concerning the impairment of speech motor abilities, whereas the localization of the cancer seems to be less important.

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Bibliographic reference.  Koppetsch, Sabine / Dahlmeier, Klaus (2003): "Phonetic analysis of functional disorders of vocal articulation in cases of intra-oral carcinoma - a pre- and postoperative long-term study", In ICPhS-15, 3249-3252.