10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Gender Differences in the Realization of Vowel-Initial Glottalization

Elke Philburn

University of Manchester, UK

The aim of the study was to investigate gender-dependent differences in the realization of German glottalized vowel onsets. Laryngographic data of semi-spontaneous speech were collected from four male and four female speakers of Standard German. Measurements of relative vocal fold contact duration were carried out including glottalized vowel onsets as well as non-glottalized controls. The results show that female subjects realized the glottalized vowel onsets with greater maximum vocal fold contact duration than male subjects and that the glottalized vowel onsets produced by females were more clearly distinguished from the non-glottalized controls.

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Bibliographic reference.  Philburn, Elke (2009): "Gender differences in the realization of vowel-initial glottalization", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 784-787.