The Big Think

December 10, 2011


Filed under: Education — jasony @ 8:44 pm

‘Vocal Fry’ Creeping Into U.S. Speech: “”

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  1. I might point out, though, that their methodology was a bit flawed: they had the testees read paragraphs. One’s vocal intonation when doing something like reading a written paragraph for a test is not going to be the same as in conversation. You’re generally more formal in tone, and your voice range spends more time in the lower quarter of your voice, though with higher peaks than usual. That doesn’t mean this isn’t a thing, but it does mean they could have created some different contexts that would have given their results more meaning.

    For instance, to sound like a median-adult Sunday school class director reading the above paragraph to the class, try saying “That doesn’t mean this isn’t a thing,” with “doesn’t” and “isn’t” roughly an octave above “mean” and “thing.” Hahaaa!

    Comment by barrybrake — December 11, 2011 @ 1:01 am

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