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Variation in /s/ and the perceived gender typicality of children's speech

TitleVariation in /s/ and the perceived gender typicality of children's speech
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference2015
AuthorsMunson, B.
Conference Name18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Pagination0624.1-5
Date Published08/2015
Publisherthe University of Glasgow
Conference LocationGlasgow
ISBN NumberISBN 978-0-85261-941-4
Abstract
Previous research has found an association between the acoustic characteristics of /s/ and judgments of the sex typicality of adult men’s voices. The current study examined whether a similar association could be found when children's voices are used as stimuli. Two sets of productions were used, with either naturally produced /s/ tokens or tokens of /s/ produced by a trained phonetician. Listeners rated children to sound more girl-like if they produced /s/ with an especially high peak frequency, or with a diffuse spectrum suggesting a frontal misarticulation.
URLhttps://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/icphs-proceedings/ICPhS2015/Papers/ICPHS0624.pdf
Refereed DesignationRefereed