Okay ... I've just spent the last day trying to find this information. I did find out half of what I need. And that was eating without a tongue. I also learned that it is possible to learn to speak without a tongue, but the people I read this about had some other body part donate to being their replacement tongue and they spent a lot of time with people teaching them how to speak again.
I lost track of the phrases I Googled and I'm afraid I didn't write them down.
In my dystopian fantasy future ... my character is being kept pretty much as a slave and they cut her tongue out to keep her from speaking spells. Now they aren't going to be kind and replace her tongue with anything else and they certainly wouldn't want anyone teaching her how to speak without a tongue.
My question is: Without anything replacing the tongue, how limited would her speech be? She's really smart, and I'm sure after 50 years she'd learn some speech. But what would her limits be?
Thanks in advance!!!!
*hugs and love*
EDA: This is what I've found on being able to speak without a tongue since I never stopped looking.
This was in a Reddit AMA with a man with 95% of his tongue removed.
Can you speak?
Yes, I can speak fairly well. I had speech therapy for a year and my speech improved a lot, but I still have a lot of trouble with certain sounds. The "G" as in goat, "K" sound and the "ee" sound are the worst. Interestingly, I find that the more intelligent the person, the easier they can understand me.
For the D, N, T and TH sounds I use a special technique that has really helped me. I press my upper front teeth against my lower lip to produce the start of the sound. Depending on the sound, I vary the pressure applied to my lip. T requires the most, then D and least is N.
For the K sound, I use my throat to pronounce it, much like the Germans produce very throaty sounds in their laguage.
Finally, the G in goat is impossible for me to say and I have never been able to produce it.
Thanks so much for any and all assistance!!!!
- Speaking without a tongue