Pitch

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

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

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

Howard Stern on vocal fry

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This video is a voice recording of Howard Stern discussing vocal fry used by a contestant on the show the Bachelor. Stern discusses the use of vocal fry and refers to it as "an epidemic" that women are using where they begin to switch back in forth between a croaking voice and their "feminine voice"

Posted by Katie Vavuris on May 2, 2017

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Performativity;
Style-shifting;
Language Shift;
Femininity;
Pitch

How WSJ Used an Algorithm to Analyze ‘Hamilton’ the Musical

Joel Eastwood and Erik Hinton wrote an algorithm to analyze the different types of rhymes used in the tony Award Winning Broadway Musical "Hamilton", and reveal their Hip-Hop influences. [Published on 06-06-2016]

Helping Trans People Find Their Voices

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Speech-language pathologist, Christie Block, helps transgender people find their voice.

Posted by Kristi Sparks on March 5, 2016

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Femininity;
Gender Binary;
Pitch

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]

Can changing how you sound help you find your voice?

A NPR story profiling two women who worked to change their voices due to the stigmatization of their ways of talking. These woman worked with a voice therapist who normally provides therapy to transgender individuals. [Published on 10-14-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 27, 2014

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Youth;
Gender Binary;
gender non-conforming;
Womens Language;
Pitch

Stereotypes of Variation within a Creole (TCE)

A non-Linguist self reflects on attending her "prestige" secondary school in Trinidad, noting auditory intonational and lexical differences that marks these girls. They also tend to speak closer to the (acrolectal) "Standard," marked as the more educated (prestige) style of discourse. [Published on 07-19-2010]

Posted by Genevieve Medow-Jenkins on October 3, 2014

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Socioeconomic Status;
Communities of Practice;
Pitch

NY Timess: Japan's Feminine Falsetto Falls Right Out of Favor

A 1995 article on Japanese Women's Language. Related Article: Inoue, Miyako. 2002. Gender, language, and modernity: Toward an effective history of Japanese women's language. American Ethnologist.

How to Develop a Female Voice: The Transgender Support Website

This site provides resources and instructions for feminizing the voice, discussing specific linguistic resources including pitch, resonance, enunciation, and vocabulary.

KFC Double Down

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A 2010 Kentucky Fried Chicken commercial where men speaking with (synthesized) higher mean pitch are "masculinized" by eating the Double Down sandwich.

Posted on September 25, 2012

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American English;
Pitch;
Gender Binary