Planning of syllables in children with development apraxia of speech

Lian Nijland*, Ben Maassen, Sjoeke Van Der Meulen, Fons Gabreëls, Floris W. Kraaimaat, Rob Schreuder

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The aim of the present study was to investigate whether children with developmental apraxia of speech (DAS) show a deficit in planning syllables in speech production. Six children with DAS and six normally speaking (NS) children produced high- and low-frequency of occurrence syllable utterances, in which the syllable structure was systematically manipulated in an otherwise unchanging phoneme sequence. Anticipatory coarticulation, using second formant trajectories, and durational structure were analysed. The results showed stronger coarticulation in the children with DAS when compared to the normally speaking children, but in contrast to our expectations, in neither group was a systematic effect of syllable structure on the second format trajectory found. Effects of syllable structure did emerge for durational structure in that durational adjustments were found in the segments of the second syllable. These adjustments were less systematic in children with DAS when compared to normally speaking children. Furthermore, at the prosodic level, normally speaking children showed metrical contrasts that were not realized by the children with DAS. The latter results are interpreted as evidence for a problem in the planning of syllables in speech production of children with DAS, in particular concerning prosodic aspects, which is discussed in relation to the automation of speech production.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1-24
Aantal pagina's24
TijdschriftClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - jan.-2003
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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