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Research Paper | Speech Language Pathology | India | Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023
Voice Onset Time of Stop Consonants in Hindi Speaking Children with Cerebral Palsy
Abstract: The current study was conducted for children with CP who are Hindi speakers, to analyze voice onset time (VOT) patterns associated with stop consonants. The purpose was to gain more detailed insights into how the coordination and timing needed for these articulations may be affected by the neurodevelopmental disorder ultimately opening up avenues for improved treatment solutions. Total 20 children in the age group of 6 - 8 years were taken for the study which was divided into two groups: 10 children diagnosed with spastic CP and 10 typical children speaking Hindi. Measuring VOT through voice analysis helped us gauge the interval lapsing between releasing a stop closure and voicing onset. The outcomes exhibited considerable variation in VOT values when comparing groups of children with cerebral palsy (CP) against typical children speaking Hindi. Specifically, CP children showed longer VOT durations indicating delayed voicing onset compared to controls. These findings point out that children who have cerebral palsy exhibit different timing and coordination patterns upon pronouncing stop consonants. It is essential to grasp the VOT traits in children with cerebral palsy. This will aid in creating suitable intervention techniques that enhance their speech comprehensibility and communication skills.
Keywords: Cerebral palsy, Voice onset time, Hindi language, typical children
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 7, July 2023,
Pages: 227 - 232