Chapter 22. Acoustic Analysis of Speech

  1. Martin J. Ball Head Past President3,
  2. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President4,
  3. Dr. Nicole Müller3 and
  4. Sara Howard Senior Lecturer speech-language therapist pathologist President4
  1. Ray D. Kent Professor1 and
  2. Yunjung Kim PhD assistant professor2

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch22

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Kent, R. D. and Kim, Y. (2008) Acoustic Analysis of Speech, in The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics (eds M. J. Ball, M. R. Perkins, N. Müller and S. Howard), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch22

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 4

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, USA

  2. 2

    University of Wisconsin-Madison, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 MAR 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • acoustic analysis for study of speech;
  • acoustic analysis of speech;
  • acoustical theory of speech production;
  • voiced non-nasal vowels;
  • voice onset time (VOT);
  • pairwise variability index (PVI);
  • acoustic analyses - speech-language disorders and mechanisms of speech production in normal and disordered speech


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Acoustical Theory of Speech Production

  • Vowels

  • Consonants

  • Prosody

  • Conclusion

  • References