Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences


Speech Pathology and Audiology

First Advisor

Dr. Robert Erickson

Second Advisor

Dr. Michael Steinberg

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Chapter I


Introductory Statement

The ability to monitor one's own vocal output is essential if one is to produce and maintain normal speech. Speech would become progressively defective if one were unable to detect errors in voice, articulation, or rate. The preservation and maintenance of speech require the coordination of several automatic systems in the human body. One of these systems includes the tactual-kinesthetic purpose of defining the tactual-kinesthetic role and its relation to feedback cues in the production of speech.

Since speech is controlled by more than one automatic feedback system, it is essential that an investigation of these channels by explored thoroughly in order that their relative contribution be established. Speech is a complex process. Therefore, information leading to a better understanding of this process will aid in explaining how man is able to control his vocal output and maintain normal speech.