Studying clicks using real-time MRI

Michael Proctor, Yinghua Zhu, Adam Lammert, Asterios Toutios, Bonny Sands, Shrikanth Narayanan

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    Our understanding of clicks has been limited in some important respects by the technologies available for phonetic research. New insights into click production are available through the use of real-time Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which offers dynamic information about the midsagittal configuration of the entire vocal tract, including the velum, tongue root, and larynx. Aspects of click phonetics which have previously proven difficult to study are examined in Khoekhoegowab and siSwati, as well as in paralinguistic click production by a beatboxer. These data demonstrate the utility of real-time MRI for phonetic characterization of non-pulmonic consonants, as a method which provides global information about vocal tract configuration and coordination of laryngeal and supra-glottal articulation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationClick consonants
    EditorsBonny Sands
    Place of PublicationLeiden, The Netherlands
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Electronic)9789004424357
    ISBN (Print)9789004232686
    Publication statusPublished - 24 Sept 2020

    Publication series

    NameEmpirical Approaches to Linguistic Theory
    ISSN (Print)2210-6243


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