The Perception of Coolness: Voice Quality and Its Social Uses and Interpretations

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dc.contributor.advisorWinters, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorGreer, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-04T16:32:13Z
dc.date.available2015-06-22T07:00:51Z
dc.date.issued2015-05-04
dc.date.submitted2015en
dc.description.abstractThis work examined the social uses and interpretations of voice quality with respect to 6 social styles: coolness, authoritativeness, youthfulness, attractiveness, femininity, and masculinity. The following questions were investigated: (1) is there a sex differentiation with respect to the use of creaky voice; and (2) why are women using creaky voice more frequently than in past generations? These questions were addressed through 3 studies: a word-level perception pilot study, a production study, and a sentence-level perception study. The results showed that female speakers produce significantly more creaky voice than men, but both sexes use creaky voice to index the same social styles of “coolness” and “masculinity”. Listeners judged stimuli containing greater percentages of creaky voice as “cooler” and more “masculine”. Additionally, perceived “attractiveness” was tied to traditional concepts of gender roles. The increased female use of creaky voice seemed to stem from a desire to appear less “feminine” and more “masculine”, indicating that creaky voice is an overt prestige form.en_US
dc.identifier.citationGreer, S. (2015). The Perception of Coolness: Voice Quality and Its Social Uses and Interpretations (Master's thesis, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada). Retrieved from https://prism.ucalgary.ca. doi:10.11575/PRISM/28269en_US
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.11575/PRISM/28269
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11023/2238
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisher.facultyGraduate Studies
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Calgaryen
dc.publisher.placeCalgaryen
dc.rightsUniversity of Calgary graduate students retain copyright ownership and moral rights for their thesis. You may use this material in any way that is permitted by the Copyright Act or through licensing that has been assigned to the document. For uses that are not allowable under copyright legislation or licensing, you are required to seek permission.
dc.subjectLinguistics
dc.subject.classificationVoice Qualityen_US
dc.subject.classificationCreaky Voiceen_US
dc.subject.classificationSocial Styleen_US
dc.titleThe Perception of Coolness: Voice Quality and Its Social Uses and Interpretations
dc.typemaster thesis
thesis.degree.disciplineLinguistics
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Calgary
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts (MA)
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