lisps

The Many Faces of T

The Many Faces of T

T is often a difficult sound to grasp for non-native speakers of English, and it isn’t because the sound is hard to pronounce. Instead, it is because what we think of as the “T sound” is actually composed of several different sounds, and pronouncing the T correctly requires an understanding of the rules surrounding which version to use in a given word.

What Makes “R” So Difficult, and How Can I Change It?

What Makes “R” So Difficult, and How Can I Change It?

There are many sounds in English, but people often have trouble with R. What makes this sound harder for some people to pronounce, even into adulthood?

Lisp: Social Indexing and Identity

Lisp: Social Indexing and Identity

A sharper, more “sibilant” production of “s”  has become associated with the speech of gay men. The lack of distinction between disorder vs. difference has lead many to associate any type of “s” variation in a male speaker with assumptions of that speaker’s sexuality. However, real lisps, as functional speech disorders, have no correlation with sexual orientation.