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January 1935


Author Affiliations

From the Speech and Hearing Clinic, Ohio State University.

Arch Otolaryngol. 1935;21(1):94-96. doi:10.1001/archotol.1935.00640020101012

The American Society for the Study of Disorders of Speech has classed both cleft palate speech and short palate speech under uraniscolalia. The prefix uranisco really refers to the hard palate. As a result of this fact and since, from the point of view of prognosis and therapy, the clinical procedure differs considerably in uraniscolalia and staphylolalia, I believe that there should be some differentiation in nomenclature and shall here attempt to define the newer term.

Staphylolalia, or so-called short palate speech, is a disorder of speech and voice quality, a dyslalia, resulting from staphyloschisis, staphylectomy, certain cases of uraniscoplegia and in palatognathous conditions in which there has been palatorrhaphy without staphylorrhaphy, or uranostaphylorrhaphy or uranostaphyloplasty, when, in spite of postoperative therapeutics, the scar tissue renders the velum inactive as a part of the oronasopharyngeal sphincter.

In staphylolalia the patient is able to produce the nasals, i. e., the