Date of Defense



Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

James Hillenbrand, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Second Advisor

Michael Clark, Speech Pathology and Audiology

Third Advisor

John Hanley, Speech Pathology and Audiology


Phonetic perception is the way in which the ear analyzes sound waves and categorizes these sounds according to phonetic content. This process - the translation of acoustic patterns to phonetic percepts - has yet to be entirely understood. Investigations in phonetics have attempted to solve part of the coding problem of speech perception by discerning the acoustic factors that control perceived phonetic quality. No experiment has revealed a sole characteristic responsible for vowel quality.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only