Creaky voice

Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Sun Jan 2 05:10:25 UTC 2011

Sounds like the kind of guy class-wise and personality-wise I was talking about.

Paul Johnston
On Jan 1, 2011, at 8:22 PM, ronbutters at AOL.COM wrote:

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> Just spent dinner listening to a rich white guy from New York, Duke graduate, about 30, constant creaker. His wife did not creak at all. His creak seemed to reinforce a personality that suggests wealth, power, and self-conscious superiority and coolness. Spent most of the time describing expensive parties and weddings he and she had been to lately.
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> On Jan 1, 2011, at 1:09 PM, David Bowie <db.list at PMPKN.NET> wrote:
>> From:    Ronald Butters<ronbutters at AOL.COM>
>>> If you listen closely, you will note that creaking is a common
>>> phenomenon among men, women, teenage boys, and even small parrots.
>> As a professional who regularly does acoustic analysis i might shouldn't
>> admit this, but i've just been glossing past the term "creaky voice" for
>> years now without ever caring to learn what it actually meanshat is, i
>> could have given you a technical definition in terms of what the vocal
>> tract is doing, but i didn't have a connection in my head between that
>> and the sound of it.
>> So this thread got me to finally make that connection, and so i googled
>> lots of stuff on creaky voice, only to find lots and lots of people who
>> absolutely hate it. Me, though? I find it utterly unremarkable (in the
>> social senserofessionally, it'd be interesting to look into). I just
>> thought that's the way people sound when they talk.
>> (Now i have to figure out if i have creaky voice or not. Students
>> regularly say that i have a "soothing" voice, and given the way non-fans
>> of creaky voice characterize it, soothing may be the conceptual opposite.)
>> One thing i noticed in my searching, by the way, is that a lot of people
>> who loathe creaky voice and were kind enough to provide YouTube clips to
>> show what they meant seemed to react most strongly not to creaky voice
>> alone, but rather to creaky voice plus a high degree of nasality.
>> <snip>
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>> Very truly yours,
>> David Bowie
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