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2.1: How Humans Produce Speech

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  • Phonetics studies human speech. Speech is produced by bringing air from the lungs to the larynx (respiration), where the vocal folds may be held open to allow the air to pass through or may vibrate to make a sound (phonation). The airflow from the lungs is then shaped by the articulators in the mouth and nose (articulation).

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    Check Yourself

    1. What is the voicing of the last sound in the word soup?

    • Voiced.
    • Voiceless.

    2. What is the voicing of the last sound in the word life?

    • Voiced.
    • Voiceless.

    3. What is the voicing of the last sound in the word seem?

    • Voiced.
    • Voiceless.