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Devoicing: Teach Awareness of Voice On/Off
By Pam Marshalla
Q: My client and I speak both Spanish and English. He devoices D to make T. I don’t know how to help him.
Here are the things I usually do––
- Teach him about “Voice-on” and “Voice-off” in a different context. I usually start with “Ah” and “H”.
- Have him hold his neck at the larynx to feel the vibration of voice on the vowel and the absence of voice on H.
- Repeat this with the fricative cognates: S and Z, Sh and Zh, F and V, and Th and Th.
- You are helping him discover that he can turn his voice on for some sounds, and he can turn it off for others.
- Then apply what he has learned to T and D.
- Practice with P and B, as well as K and G if he can do those.
- Train him to listen carefully to all of this. Ultimately it is his ear that must guide him.