creaky voice (was Re: "Method Air" (1995))

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat Feb 18 06:14:42 UTC 2006

On 2/18/06, Michael McKernan <mckernan at> wrote:
> >Jacobellis is from Stratton, Vt., FWIW. But I'd guess creaky voice is
> >common among female snowboarders regardless of regional background.
> Ben's right to be skeptical of 'Stratton, Vt.' as an indicator of actual
> 'regional background.'  Stratton is pretty much just a large ski-area, with
> an associated 'Stratton Mountain School' where some of the top young USA
> competitors attend (boarding) high school.  It's highly unlikely that any
> top skier who lists Stratton VT as a home address was 'born and raised'
> there.

Now that I check her bio, I see she's originally from Roxbury, Conn.,
three hours from Stratton.

--Ben Zimmer

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