creaky voice

Thomas Paikeday thomaspaikeday at SPRINT.CA
Wed Feb 22 14:55:04 UTC 2006

Bill Mullins,

I am also an interested looker-on, but has there been a response to your
query that I missed? Phoneticians should not only be able to produce the
creaky voice, but also describe it in the language of acoustic/auditory



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From: "Mullins, Bill AMRDEC" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL>
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2006 2:40 PM
Subject: Re: creaky voice

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>>Is there some way of describing, for us lookers-on, what is meant by
>>"creaky voice"?   Are there  some familiar voices on NPR that exhibit =
> this?
>>A. Murie
> I played the Jacobellis interview; she didn't sound especially creaky.  =
> (Or maybe I'm not understanding the word as it is being used.)
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> I hear some actresses who sound creaky.  Usually it sounds kind of =
> affected, and shows up in words with a short "a" sound.
> =20
> See Mary-Louise Parker, particularly from her appearances on "West Wing" =
> (I have even seen her called "lockjaw" on one of the fan boards -- =
> perhaps the creakiness is associated with a clenched lower jaw, sort of =
> like Thurston Howell III's Harvard accent).
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> See also Sarah Vowell, who played the daughter in "The Incredibles" and =
> appears occasionally on public radio's "This American Life".
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