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Codas. 2015 Sep-Oct;27(5):483-91. doi: 10.1590/2317-1782/20152015096.

A comparison of vocal parameters in adult bilingual Hebrew-English speakers.

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Touro College, Brooklyn, NY, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

There has been growing research on the effects of language on voice characteristics; however, few studies have examined the impact of language on vocal features within bilinguals. This study aimed to compare vocal parameters among bilingual Hebrew/English speaking individuals when speaking in Hebrew versus English.

METHODS:

Forty bilingual participants (17 males and 23 females) between the ages of 23-60 years were asked to spontaneously speak about a neutral topic. Voice samples were digitalized into a tablet for perceptual and acoustic analyses of selected parameters.

RESULTS:

Results show that there are changes in resonance, glottal attack, fundamental frequency variation and speech rate when adult bilingual speakers talk in Hebrew as compared to English.

CONCLUSION:

These findings provide evidence that language plays a role in affecting vocal characteristics of bilingual individuals when they speak different languages.

PMID:
26648221
DOI:
10.1590/2317-1782/20152015096
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