Chapter 35. Speech Intelligibility

  1. Martin J. Ball Head Past President2,
  2. Dr. Michael R. Perkins Professor founder member Vice-President3,
  3. Dr. Nicole Müller2 and
  4. Sara Howard Senior Lecturer speech-language therapist pathologist President3
  1. Gary Weismer Professor

Published Online: 6 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301007.ch35

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

The Handbook of Clinical Linguistics

How to Cite

Weismer, G. (2008) Speech Intelligibility, 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.ch35

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Louisiana, Lafayette, USA

  2. 3

    Department of Human Communication Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Communicative Disorders and Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405135221

Online ISBN: 9781444301007



  • concept of speech intelligibility;
  • measures of intelligibility for speech disorders;
  • voice onset time (VOT) measures;
  • intelligibility estimates derived from orthographic or phonetic transcriptions;
  • predicting speech intelligibility;
  • segmental articulation and intelligibility;
  • speech intelligibility in speech disorders


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction: What is Speech Intelligibility?

  • Measures of Speech Intelligibility

  • Predicting Speech Intelligibility

  • Summary

  • References