Reply to Garrett and Healey The purpose of this letter is to comment on only one minor aspect of theNittrouer, McGowen, Milenkovic, and Beehler (1990)  article dealing with the effects of speaker sex, time of day, consonantal context, and vowel identity on various acoustic measures of men's and women's voices. We believe that the ... Letter to the Editor
Letter to the Editor  |   February 01, 1992
Reply to Garrett and Healey
 
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  • Susan Nittrouer
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
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Letter to the Editor   |   February 01, 1992
Reply to Garrett and Healey
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 1992, Vol. 35, 96-98. doi:10.1044/jshr.3501.96b
History: Received March 26, 1991 , Accepted April 17, 1991
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 1992, Vol. 35, 96-98. doi:10.1044/jshr.3501.96b
History: Received March 26, 1991; Accepted April 17, 1991
The purpose of this letter is to comment on only one minor aspect of theNittrouer, McGowen, Milenkovic, and Beehler (1990)  article dealing with the effects of speaker sex, time of day, consonantal context, and vowel identity on various acoustic measures of men's and women's voices. We believe that the paper provides a valuable and comprehensive analysis of adult vocal behavior under a variety of conditions. However, we wish to comment on the authors’ conclusions regarding the “time of day” data. In their discussion, they state that laryngeal activity is not affected by the time of day in which the measures are taken, and that finding “should be welcome news to speech clinicians who need to evaluate patients with vocal pathologies, and have constraints on scheduling” (p. 771). We believe that additional research on the extent of individual variation in both normal voices and patients with voice disorders is needed before recommendations are made about when to measure vocal parameters in a clinical setting.
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