Pitch and Duration Characteristics of the Oral Reading of Males on a Masculinity-Femininity Dimension Certain vocal characteristics of 14 males were compared and rated on the basis of voice on a masculinity-femininity continuum. The voices consisted of the extremes of a larger population selected by faculty from the college student body. The relatively effeminate voices had a median pitch of 127 Hz; the relatively ... Research Article
Research Article  |   December 01, 1966
Pitch and Duration Characteristics of the Oral Reading of Males on a Masculinity-Femininity Dimension
 
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  • Larry Terango
    Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
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Research Article   |   December 01, 1966
Pitch and Duration Characteristics of the Oral Reading of Males on a Masculinity-Femininity Dimension
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1966, Vol. 9, 590-595. doi:10.1044/jshr.0904.590
History: Received April 11, 1966
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, December 1966, Vol. 9, 590-595. doi:10.1044/jshr.0904.590
History: Received April 11, 1966

Certain vocal characteristics of 14 males were compared and rated on the basis of voice on a masculinity-femininity continuum. The voices consisted of the extremes of a larger population selected by faculty from the college student body. The relatively effeminate voices had a median pitch of 127 Hz; the relatively masculine voices, 100 Hz. If the median pitch of unselected American males is 130 Hz, it appears that effeminacy may be associated with voices considerably lower than the typical female pitch. The relatively effeminate voices also displayed a mean rate of pitch change during inflections greater than that of the relatively masculine voices with a greater difference for upward inflections. None of the other measured vocal characteristics discriminated between the two groups.

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