Monday, June 2, 2014

You would know "vocal fry" if you heard it

It's a way of speaking going around--the sort of creaky, drawn out words...not Valley Girl, exactly, but distinctive.

Kim K, Britney Spears, and Zooey Deschanel do it, to name a few. Young women, usually.

According to Gail Sullivan, Wash Post, June 2, 2104, researchers at Long Island Univ are looking into this.

Why?

Because having a "creaky" voice can make you less hireable. See the journal PLoS ONE.

In this article, Duke researchers recorded seven women between 19 and 27 and seven men 20 to 30. They said the same phrase in their own voices and in vocal fry.

Because some think women use vocal fry to sound more low-pitched like men, this was accounted for.

Still, men, more than women, were deemed less competent, educated and trustworthy if they spoke this way.

Older observers disliked the vocal fry technique more than younger ones.

Soooo......So, I don't know. Don't speak like this if you do?

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