Fitts’ law, perhaps the most celebrated law of human motor control, expresses a relation between the kinematic property of speed and the non-kinematic, task-specific property of accuracy. We aimed to assess whether speech movements obey this law using a metronome-driven speech elicitation paradigm with a systematic speech rate control. Specifically, using the paradigm of repetitive speech, we recorded via electromagnetic articulometry speech movement data in sequences of the form /CV…/ from 6 adult speakers. These sequences were spoken at 8 distinct rates ranging from extremely slow to extremely fast. Our results demonstrate, first, that the present paradigm of extensive metronome-driven manipulations satisfies the crucial prerequisites for evaluating Fitts’ law in a subset of our elicited rates. Second, we uncover for the first time in speech evidence for Fitts’ law at the faster rates and specifically beyond a participant-specific critical rate. We find no evidence for Fitts’ law at the slowest metronome rates. Finally, we discuss implications of these results for models of speech.

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