Seminar - Advanced Anatomy of the Larynx

The structure and function of the larynx is still not completely understood, we tend to rely on some over-simplified models, which are nevertheless a useful starting point.

This seminar will move beyond these models to explore what more we can learn about the relationships and inter-dependence of the laryngeal structures.

The Larynx – intrinsic and extrinsic structures

• Laryngeal suspensory musculature
• Muscles for swallowing• Vocal fold structure: layering of tissue types
• Pitch: the muscles of pitch control
• Loudness: vocal fold closure quotient, vocal fold amplitude
• Vocal fold behaviour: Breathiness, harshness

More on the intrinsic laryngeal musculature

• Vocal fold vibration: the Bernoulli effect, myoelastic-aerodynamic theory; inertance and impedance
• Vocal registers: the difference between register changes and resonance phenomena
• Pitch, loudness and registers – the complex choreography of intrinsic laryngeal muscles
• Semi-occluded vocal tract exercises
• Vibrato