Definition of speech sound in English:

speech sound


  • A phonetically distinct unit of speech.

    • ‘A vowel is ‘a speech sound produced by the passage of air through the vocal tract with relatively little obstruction, or the corresponding letter of the alphabet’, usually contrasted with consonant.’
    • ‘A stammerer knows precisely what he wants to say but cannot, for the moment, say it because of an involuntary repetition, prolongation or cessation of the speech sound.’
    • ‘If the vocal folds vibrate during the production of a speech sound it is said to be voiced.’
    • ‘It attempts to provide a symbol for every distinct speech sound found in some human language.’
    • ‘But that became easy to do with the alphabet letters representing each irreducible speech sound.’
    • ‘Traditional text-to-speech systems can only support phonemes (the speech sounds used in a language) and duration.’
    • ‘As they grow, infants begin to sort out the speech sounds or building blocks that compose the words of their language.’
    • ‘The children were asked to match speech sounds to written consonants and vowels, and they practiced related skills.’
    • ‘Phonetics is the scientific study of speech sounds.’
    • ‘The linguistic features of phonological disorder include failures to use developmentally expected speech sounds that are appropriate for the individual's age and dialect.’
    • ‘People with developmental speech and language disorders have difficulty producing speech sounds, using spoken language to communicate, or understanding what other people say.’
    • ‘Children this age should have a wide range of speech sounds in their babbling and at least one or more true words (not including ‘mama’ and ‘dada’).’
    • ‘Other left-brain areas concerned with recognizing words and discerning speech sounds also displayed greater activity during word reading as age and reading skill increased.’
    • ‘Indeed, unless we are exposed to a tongue in infancy, we may never acquire full accentual control, or be as good as native speakers at discriminating closely-similar speech sounds in that language.’
    • ‘At least, that's the opinion of those of us who spend our time studying the physical properties, psychological effect, and social distribution of speech sounds and gestures.’
    • ‘The common understanding is that lip-reading is trying to understand speech by watching the lip and mouth movements of someone speaking when the normal accompanying speech sounds cannot be heard.’
    • ‘Yes, English is worse than most languages in having too few letters for too many English speech sounds, so that often our spelling must use two letters to represent one sound.’
    • ‘Monkeys are so good at recognizing human speech sounds that they can tell the difference between two sentences spoken in different languages.’
    • ‘Speech therapy also is needed to teach the child proper ways to produce the speech sounds that he or she may have learned incorrectly because of the cleft.’
    • ‘A similar refining of perception also occurs as infants learn native speech sounds, the researchers note.’