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What is Speech Production?

Mary McMahon
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Updated Mar 03, 2024
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Speech production is the process of turning the intent to say a word into articulated speech, using the brain and vocal apparatus. Speech sounds are an important mode of communication for human beings around the world, and substantial research surrounds the various processes involved in speaking. People can also communicate in other ways, such as through sign language, written communications, and tools like communication boards, where people point at pictures or words representing various concepts.

People produce speech in a number of settings, including spontaneous conversations, in response to prompts like a request to name something, and in speech mimicry and memorization. The process starts in the brain, where people process concepts and turn them into words so they can signal the vocal cords to actually produce sounds. This can happen extremely rapidly, and speech may seem instantaneous because the brain is capable of very fast calculations and responses.

Numerous things can go wrong with speech production. People may have neurological conditions that interfere with speech, ranging from persistent developmental stuttering to memory problems where they cannot recall words, and thus have difficulty articulating speech. Physical problems like vocal cord disease may also be an issue, and patients can have temporary problems like inability to speak because of a tracheotomy. People can also experience psychological barriers to speech production, like selective mutism.

Researchers who focus on speech disorders study patients to learn about the myriad problems that can interfere with speech production. In a simple example, people who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have auditory processing disorders, have difficulty hearing speech sounds from the people around them. They do not learn to speak by mimicking, and may speak with a strong accent and have difficulty articulating themselves. In therapy programs to help people in this position improve their speech production, speech-language pathologists can use a variety of tools to assist their patients.

The study of speech production also concerns the development of tools to allow people to speak in the wake of illness or injury that prevents articulating speech. People can use devices like speech synthesizers if they are unable to speak as a result of paralysis, vocal cord injury, and other problems. Understanding how and why speech production problems arise can also help people treat them more effectively, as well as providing patients with coping tools to assist them with spoken communication during treatment or in cases where they will never recover the ability to speak.

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Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a The Health Board researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By SteamLouis — On Sep 01, 2014

Is it true that someone can become mute if they are suddenly shocked or scared? I've always heard stories about this but never knew if it's true. Is loss of speech production after a trauma selective mutism or something else?

By SarahGen — On Aug 31, 2014

Stuttering can be so debilitating. I had a friend who stuttered while growing up. He had no problem conceptualizing thoughts or forming sentences. He was brilliant in school and could write extremely well. But when it came to speaking, it would just take a long time for the words to come out. We were good friends because I was always patient and listened to him. He used to speak better when he was around people he liked. When he was nervous or anxious, the stuttering would get worse.

By stoneMason — On Aug 31, 2014

I volunteered to work in developing countries for a year about a decade ago. I was in various parts of Africa and I can never forget the time that I spent in a poor orphanage in Africa. Most of the kids there could not speak. Initially, I thought that they were born with hearing or speech problems but it turned out that they couldn't speak because there was no one to speak to them. There was one caretaker who only had time to feed them and clean them. So there were kids aged four and five who still hadn't learned to speak.

They always say that children learn speech production by imitating their parents and others around them. They learn by hearing sounds and trying to imitate it themselves. Even though a child may not have any other issue to prevent speech production, he or she won't learn it without hearing others speak. It's very interesting.

Mary McMahon

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