Phonological features and representations meet the munchausen syndrome

Jack Gandour, Robert C. Marshall

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Phonetic/phonological analytic techniques are applied to an unusual method of speaking developed by an English-speaking patient with the Munchausen syndrome. This patient's phonetic output was restricted to vowels, nonlateral voiced approximants, and the glottal stop. An analysis of this class of sounds, especially the glottal stop, is provided from the points of view of articulatory phonetics and segmental/autosegmental generative phonology. The preferred solution is seen to require the articulatory definitions of the manner features (Halle and Clements, 1983) - [sonorant], [continuant] - and the source features (Halle and Stevens, 1971) - [spread], [constricted], [stiff], [slack] - as well as the multitiered representations in autosegmental theory (Goldsmith, 1979).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-178
Number of pages12
JournalClinical Linguistics and Phonetics
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1988

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research was supported in part by NTH grant NS-24539 awarded to the first author. Thanks to Hugh Buckingham, Larry Leonard and Ronnie Wilbur for helpful comments on an earlier draft of this manuscript, and to David Jackson for assistance with phonetic transcription.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing


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