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Modeling biomechanical influence of epilaryngeal stricture on the vocal folds: A low-dimensional model of vocal-ventricular coupling

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Moisik, S. R., & Esling, J. H. (2014). Modeling biomechanical influence of epilaryngeal stricture on the vocal folds: A low-dimensional model of vocal-ventricular coupling. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, S687-S704. doi:10.1044/2014_JSLHR-S-12-0279.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0019-93B4-3
Abstract
Purpose: Physiological and phonetic studies suggest that, at moderate levels of epilaryngeal stricture, the ventricular folds impinge upon the vocal folds and influence their dynamical behavior, which is thought to be responsible for constricted laryngeal sounds. In this work, the authors examine this hypothesis through biomechanical modeling. Method: The dynamical response of a low-dimensional, lumped-element model of the vocal folds under the influence of vocal-ventricular fold coupling was evaluated. The model was assessed for F0 and cover-mass phase difference. Case studies of simulations of different constricted phonation types and of glottal stop illustrate various additional aspects of model performance. Results: Simulated vocal-ventricular fold coupling lowers F0 and perturbs the mucosal wave. It also appears to reinforce irregular patterns of oscillation, and it can enhance laryngeal closure in glottal stop production. Conclusion: The effects of simulated vocal-ventricular fold coupling are consistent with sounds, such as creaky voice, harsh voice, and glottal stop, that have been observed to involve epilaryngeal stricture and apparent contact between the vocal folds and ventricular folds. This supports the view that vocal-ventricular fold coupling is important in the vibratory dynamics of such sounds and, furthermore, suggests that these sounds may intrinsically require epilaryngeal stricture