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The Impact of Anterior Dental Extraction and Restoration on the Articulation of Affricates by Dinka Refugees in Nebraska
Anthropological Linguistics (2008)
  • David Silva, Salem State University
Abstract
As part of a multidisciplinary investigation of Dinka refugees in Nebraska, this article reports on the linguistic effects of having extracted lower anterior teeth replaced with fixed dental restorations utilizing titanium implants. The research focuses on the pre- and post-implantation production of the Dinka palatal obstruents, segments for which the lower front teeth play a critical passive role in articulation. The results suggest that the replacement of the lower front teeth produces mixed results, at least in the short term, with some speakers manifesting improvement in their production of affricates and others presenting no appreciable change.
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Publication Date
January, 2008
Citation Information
Silva, David & A. Edmonsdon, Jerold & Willis, Mary. (2008). The Impact of Anterior Dental Extraction and Restoration on the Articulation of Affricates by Dinka Refugees in Nebraska. Anthropological Linguistics. 50. 365-387.