Speaking is one of the most complex skills that humans perform. In our everyday communication, we transfer sentences, concepts, thoughts, and ideas. How though, is the speaker able to convert these into movements of the speech apparatus? These speech movements are the observable end-product, but what neurological, psycholinguistic, and perceptual--motor processes lie behind their production?
To fully understand speech disorders, such as stuttering, apraxia of speech, and Parkinsonian dysarthria, the disruptions in this complex interplay are highly relevant. Equally important is the question of how the infant develops from random babbling to precisely controlled production of words, syllables, and phonemes.
This volume presents state of the art research in the science of speech motor control and speech disorders. All the chapters take a fundamental, model-oriented perspective, as introduced in the first section of the volume. Further topics covered in this book are: brain imaging studies and the rapid progression in comprehending neural mechanisms; developmental studies revealing perceptual-motor continuities and discontinuities; psycholinguistic experimentation showing higher-order influences on speech motor control; and recent notions and applications to the understanding of speech disorders.
This will be an important volume for all those involved in speech research and speech pathology, including those from the disciplines of psychology, neurology, and ENT.
Part I - Modelling of Speech Production
1: Kent: Models of speech motor control: implications from recent developments in neuropsychological and neurobehavioural science
2: Guenther & Perkell: A neural model of speech production and its application to studies of the role of auditory feedback in speech
3: van Lieshout: Dynamical systems theory and its application in speech
Part II - Neural Processes
4: Ackermann et al: Functional brain imaging of motor aspects of speech production
5: De Nil: Recent developments in brain imaging research in stuttering
6: Murdoch: Subcortical brain mechanisms in speech motor control
Part III - Speech Motor Development
7: Locke: How do infants come to control the organs of speech?
8: Moore: Physiologic development of speech production
9: Barlow et al: Sensorimotor entrainment of respiratory and orofacial systems in humans
Part IV - Interface
10: Smith and Goffman: Interaction of motor and language factors in the development of speech production
11: Conture et al: Linguistic processes and childhood stuttering: many's a slip between intention and lip
Part V - Motor control in disorders
12: Kent & Rosen: Motor control perspectives on motor speech disorders
13: van Lieshout et al: Searching the weak link in the speech production chain of people who stutter: a motor skill approach
14: Max: Stuttering and internal models for sensorimotor control: a theoretical perspective to generate testable hypotheses
15: McNeil et al: The differential diagnosis of apraxia of speech
16: Ziegler & Maassen: The role of the syllable in disorders of spoken language production