While speaking we release air, sometimes more than other times (while pronouncing the'f' sound). Is there a word for this air that is released?

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Phonic respiration (speech generation) is a type of controlled expiration that is used every day. Speech generation is completely dependent on expiration, this can be seen by trying to talk while inhaling.


An early achievement in experimental phonetics at about the end of the 19th century was a description of the differences between quiet breathing and phonic (speaking) respiration. An individual typically breathes approximately 18 to 20 times per minute during rest and much more frequently during periods of strenuous effort.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Phonic respiration and Its impact on carbon dioxide rebreathing in respiratory protective devices

University of Wollongon

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