Creaky Voice

Lake Bell Calls Girls Out On "Sexy Baby Vocal Virus"

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This video clip shows Lake Bell on Conan O’Brien’s talk show. While discussing her upcoming movie, Bell goes into discussion about her annoyance with what she calls “sexy baby vocal virus” and vocal fry. Lake demonstrates what she means by each of these, as well as explains what they are. Both pitch and vocal fry are the main features of these vocal habits. Bell also makes a gender specific claim, that it is women who fall into this habit of speech. Also, during the clip, while talking about her new movie about voice overs, both Bell and O’Brien style-shift between voices and different ways of speaking, representing performativity.

Posted by Cassiti Wright on October 17, 2017

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Performativity;
Style-shifting;
Femininity;
Gender;
Womens Language;
Creaky Voice;
Pitch

The Many Amazing Voices Of Critical Role

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The linguistic artifacts that can be found on Geek and Sundry's Critical Role are amazing to ponder on. A group of incredibly talented voice actors have come together and created a symphony of hundreds of unique voices over the course of one hundred episodes.

Posted by Zachary Belcher on July 25, 2017

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Performativity;
Style-shifting;
Accent;
Creaky Voice;
falsetto

Vocal Fry

In this video the Kardashians use vocal fry by using words such as "like" and a higher pitched tone like the "valley girl" voice. In society media sometimes stereotypes girls as being materialistic, self absorbed, sassy, etc. The Kardashians are very popular with society and when they talk like this on television I think it gives society a sort of realization that women really do talk and act like that. This is not the case however, but I think we all know that. The Kardashians are very influential to young women in America and could potentially have vocal fry being used more frequently in the U.S. It also seems that the Kardashians have more layed back tones when at home but when in public it seems their style of speaking and tone of voice changes slightly. [Published on 03-12-2017]

Posted by Tiffany Bertoncino on May 10, 2017

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Style-shifting;
Gender;
Creaky Voice

Why Do Girls Have Creaky Voices?

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This sociolinguistic artifact covers the topic of "Vocal Fry" or the new way young women talk in which the tone and sound of their voice sounds creaky. People don't exactly enjoy hearing someone talk using vocal fry, and studies have proved that girls who interviewed for a job and spoke using vocal fry were deemed more untrustworthy than those who didn't, and were viewed more negatively than men who used vocal fry, which relates to gender differences in spoken language and language use. What is particularly interesting is why vocal fry is so common among young women. This artifact suggests that linguists think that women tend to be the "vocal trailblazers" because they are more sensitive and receptive of social interactions and more likely able to pick up on settle vocal cues such as a "fry", again accounting for the gender differences in spoken language and language use. Also, there is a theory that vocal fry is simply a form of in-group communication between young girls.  

Posted by Mary Grace Adkins on May 3, 2017

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Womens Language;
Stigma;
r vocalization;
Creaky Voice;
Pitch

If you don't have anything nice to say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS

An episode of This American Life on internet trolls, which includes a segment on the criticisms of female TAL contributors who use creaky voice, with an interview with Penny Eckert. [Published on 01-23-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on February 8, 2016

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Youth;
Gender;
Stigma;
Creaky Voice

Kid Frost - Aint No Sunshine

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Here's a song by the Chicano rapper Kid Frost, from Mendoza-Denton's (2011) discussion of creaky voice and the "hardcore" chol@ persona. He uses lots of creak in this song, and the lyrics include allusions to violence and machismo.

Posted by Emma Rennie on November 16, 2015

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Mendoza-Denton, Norma;
Indexicality;
Chicano English;
Creaky Voice

A response to Naomi Wolf

Deborah Cameron's excellent response to Naomi Wolf. [Published on 07-26-2015]

Naomi Wolf misses the point about vocal fry: It's just an excuse not to listen to women

A response to Naomi Wolf's article suggesting young women should stop using vocal fry because it makes them sound less authoritative. [Published on 07-27-2015]

Young women, give up the vocal fry and reclaim your strong female voice

Author and feminist Naomi Wolf pens an article for the Guardian urging young women to stop using marked features like vocal fry and uptalk. [Published on 07-24-2015]

Filmmaker and Speech Pathologist weigh in on what it means to "sound gay"

An episode of Fresh Air, profiling a filmmaker who made a documentary about sounding gay, as well as an interview with a speech pathologist who makes a number of troubling comments about features of youth language, including high rising terminals, creaky voice, and discourse markers. [Published on 07-05-2015]

Sam Adams TV Commercial

A commercial for the beer brand Sam Adams, narrated by a young women who uses creaky voice. [Published on 04-17-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on April 17, 2015

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Gender;
Creaky Voice

Vocal Fry on This American Life: Freedom Fries

A segment on This American Life that profiles the complaints the show has received about the use of "vocal fry," or creaky voice, by its female commentators. It profiles the dominant stereotype that it is used by young women only, and that it indexes a set of negative attributes. Penny Eckert is interviewed on her recent research on NPR and creak that finds an age-based difference in perceptions of creak. Ira concludes, "people who don't like to listen to young women on the radio have moved on to vocal fry." [Published on 01-23-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on March 4, 2015

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Eckert, Penelope;
Youth;
Gender;
Womens Language;
Creaky Voice

NPR: Talking while female

An NPR video piece on the criticisms of women's voices, including their use of higher pitch, HRT, creaky voice, and their evaluation as less authoritative [Published on 10-24-2014]

Vocal Fry may hurt women's job propsects

An Atlantic article summarizing the study of Anderson et al that concluded that use of creaky voice makes women less hireable. [Published on 05-29-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on June 12, 2014

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American English;
Youth;
Gender;
Womens Language;
Creaky Voice

Vocal Fry doesn't harm your career prospects

A critique of the Anderson et al. study that found that females using creaky voice were judged less desirable. The author points out that the matched guise approach involved speakers who were taught to produce more creaky guises, so that the creak is an imitation. Further, the creaky utterances were longer and had lower pitch, raising questions about what listeners were reacting to. [Published on 06-06-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on June 12, 2014

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American English;
Youth;
Gender;
Womens Language;
Stigma;
Creaky Voice

Study: Women with creaky voices deemed less hireable

The Washington Post reports a research study that found that women who used creaky voice were judged by listeners to be less competent, less educated, less trustworthy, less attractive, and less hireable. The research team concludes that speakers should "should undertake conscious effort to avoid vocal fry in labor market settings." [Published on 06-02-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on June 11, 2014

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American English;
Youth;
Gender;
Womens Language;
Stigma;
Creaky Voice

CBS News: Burned out on Vocal Fry

A 2013 video segment on the use of creaky voice by young American women, and how irritating many people find it.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 21, 2013

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American English;
Youth;
Gender;
Womens Language;
Creaky Voice

Creaky Voice: Yet Another Example of Young Women's Linguistic Ingenuity

A 2013 Atlantic article on the "vocal fry" phenomenon.

Posted on January 16, 2013

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Creaky Voice;
Womens Language;
Youth;
Stigma

Do you creak?

A 2013 piece on Slate's "Lexicon Valley" about the creaky voice or "vocal fry" phenomenon.

Posted on January 16, 2013

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Creaky Voice