creaky voice

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Wed Feb 22 15:08:33 UTC 2006

I second Tom's request:  Since I haven't seen or heard any of the persons
mentioned below (I'm benighted, I know), I have no idea what you all mean
by "creaky" voice.  I had thought it was the high-pitched, squeaky,
tweenish (definitely not affected) voice I hear from undergrad women; am I

At 09:55 AM 2/22/2006, you wrote:
>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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>>Subject:      Re: creaky voice
>>>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 =
>>>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.)
>>I hear some actresses who sound creaky.  Usually it sounds kind of =
>>affected, and shows up in words with a short "a" sound.
>>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).
>>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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