The Physiology of Human Language & Speech: Respiratory, Phonatory, & Articulatory Systems


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What system in the physiology of human language is responsible for providing the air with which we speak?

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1. What party of our anatomy is made of cartilage, muscles, and tissues which work together to give us our voices?

2. What cartilage part of the phonatory system has a primary duty to block the opening of the larynx when we swallow so we don't choke?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These questions will test how much you know about the physiology of language. Key topics on the worksheet/quiz include the system that allows us the air we need to speak and a part of the human anatomy made of muscles, cartilage and tissues which gives us our voices.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points will be covered on the quiz:

  • Part of the phonatory system that prevents us from choking
  • System that helps us to shape consonant and vowel sounds
  • Consonant sound made when we use our soft palates

Skills Practiced

  • Making connections - use your understanding of the phonatory system and how it keeps us from choking when we speak
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the part of our body made of cartilage, muscles and tissues that allows us to speak and a consonant sound made by our soft palate
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the system that gives us the chance to speak with the air we breathe

Additional Learning

To learn more about the anatomy of verbal communication, you can read the lesson called The Physiology of Human Language & Speech: Respiratory, Phonatory, & Articulatory Systems. The lesson explains these key subjects:

  • Three main systems of human speech
  • The larynx and supporting tissues
  • Roles of our lips, teeth, nasal cavity and tongue in speech