with regard to phonetics, the short moment which passes between the first motion of the speech organs as one starts to enunciate a voiced speech noise and the vibration of the vocal cord. Voice-onset time has been the topic of much research on adult and infant speech comprehension due to proofs that this persisting acoustic dimension is interpreted categorically.

VOICE-ONSET TIME (VOT): "Voice onset time can be measured by starts and stops in speech. "
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "VOICE-ONSET TIME (VOT)," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/voice-onset-time-vot/ (accessed September 17, 2021).