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Cross-linguistic study of vocal pathology: perceptual features of spasmodic dysphonia in French-speaking subjects

Lorch, Marjorie P. and Whurr, R. (2003) Cross-linguistic study of vocal pathology: perceptual features of spasmodic dysphonia in French-speaking subjects. Journal of Multilingual Communication Disorders 1 (1), pp. 35-52. ISSN 1476-9670.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1476967021000044351

Abstract

Clinical characterisation of Spasmodic Dysphonia of the adductor type (SD) in French speakers by Klap and colleagues (1993) appears to differ from that of SD in English. This perceptual analysis aims to describe the phonetic features of French SD. A video of 6 French speakers with SD supplied by Klap and colleagues was analysed for frequency of phonatory breaks, pitch breaks, harshness, creak, breathiness and falsetto voice, rate of production, and quantity of speech output. In contrast to English SD, the French speaking SD patients demonstrated no evidence pitch breaks, but phonatory breaks, harshness and breathiness were prominent features. This verifies the French authors’ (1993) clinical description. These findings suggest that phonetic properties of a specific language may affect the manifestation of pathology in neurogenic voice disorders.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): cross-linguistic, voice, spasmodic dysphonia
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Applied Linguistics and Communication
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:32
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/336

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