creaky voice

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIO.EDU
Wed Feb 22 16:01:45 UTC 2006

Ah, now Bill Clinton I've heard!

At 10:24 AM 2/22/2006, you wrote:
>Type "creaky voice" into Google and you will get a number of
>excellent references. Even Wikipedia is acoustically sound. The most
>frequent user of creaky voice I have heard recently is Bill Clinton,
>a speaker certainly not given to high-pitched undergrad women's
>voice. IN fact, the overall influence of creak is to considerably
>lower, not raise, pitch.
>>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
>>>----- Original Message -----
>>>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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>>>>Poster:       "Mullins, Bill AMRDEC" <Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL>
>>>>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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