Speech Difficulties Crossword Clue

Speech difficulties crossword clue. A big one crossword puzzle question in Daily Telegraph Sydney on Thursday, 6 July 2017. 5 letters. Also appear in Herald Sun and The Courier-Mail newspaper.

Answer: LISPS

A lisp, also known as sigmatism, is a speech impediment in which a person misarticulates sibilants ([s], [z], [ts], [dz]), ([ʃ], [ʒ], [tʃ], [dʒ]). These misarticulations often result in unclear speech. A frontal lisp occurs when the tongue is placed anterior of the target. Interdental lisping is produced when the tip of the tongue protrudes between the front teeth and dentalised lisping is produced when the tip of the tongue just touches the front teeth.

The transcription in the International Phonetic Alphabet for interdental sibilants is [s̪͆] and [z̪͆] and for simple dental sibilants is [s̟] and [z̟]. When a fronted lisp does not have a sibilant quality, due to placing the lack of a grooved articulation, the IPA transcription would be [θ, ð] or variants thereof.

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