Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Dr. Clyde R. Willis

Second Advisor

Dr. Frank Newman

Third Advisor

Dr. Nickola Nelson

Fourth Advisor

Dr. John Hanley

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


It is the purpose of this study to provide a descriptive analysis of 13 patients who have undergone a modified pharyngeal flap surgery completed by one plastic surgeon. Variables associated with the speech of these individuals were based on four measures, including a questionnaire, the Iowa Pressure Articulation Test, the screening portion of the Templin-Darley Test of Articulation, and listener ratings of audio-taped post-surgical speech samples.

Of the eight subject variables studied, two variables were found to be closely associated with speech results. These variables included number of surgeries performed on subjects and number of years in speech therapy. The rating scales were also found to be effective instruments for the measurement of hypernasal resonance and nasal emission. Information gathered in this study would be helpful to others who seek to evaluate the effects on speech of individuals who have undergone various surgical interventions for the improvement of speech articulation and intelligibility.


Fifth Advisor: Mr. Jeffrey Higginbotham