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    Old 12-08-2013, 06:16 AM   #1
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    Possible Speech Issue

    I was hoping some of you could shed light on a potential issue that I have noticed. I apologize in advance for the length of this post but would be highly grateful for worthwhile advice and knowledge. I have an assumed (minor) difficulty pronouncing certain words. I would say the issue was first cited when I was 12 and persisted to be cited infrequently until the age of 15. From age 15 to 20, I had no indication to believe any issue existed. I am 22 now and in the past two years have partially recognized this to be an issue, including others mentioning it very, very rarely (approx. four times per year).

    Specifically, I have noticed a tendency to mispronounce certain sounds, or parts of words, usually by inserting a ‘ch’ or ‘sh’ sound (placement is indicated by underlining). Relevant examples include the words:

    From my brief research on the topic I concluded that these problems are consistent with a “palatal lisp” and relate to the placement of the tongue when speaking. Again, the issue is very minor but I am quite cognizant of it. That being said, the most bothersome aspect is that I really have no idea how my speech comes across to others; perhaps the issue could be much more blatant than I’m aware because I am used to my own speech.

    I am in law school and work in federal politics so the ability to speak clearly is of obvious importance. This is simply an example of trying to turn a weakness into a strength for overall self-improvement. On a final note, I have noticed that my younger brother (age 15) has the exact same problem but to a high degree as mine lessened when my voice became deeper. Considering this, the issue is clearly genetic to an extent.

    Any advice on causes, cures, etc. would be incredible and I’m very appreciative of anyone who read this and is willing to help.

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