Perceptual and Acoustic CorreLates of Gender in the Prepubertal Voice

Adrian P. Simpson, Riccarda Funk, Frederik Palmer


This study investigates the perceptual and acoustic correlates of gender in the prepubertal voice. 23 German-speaking primary school pupils (13 female, 10 male) aged 8–9 years were recorded producing 10 sentences each. Two sentences from each speaker were presented in random order to a group of listeners who were asked to assign a gender to each stimulus. Single utterances from each of the three male and three female speakers whose gender was identified most reliably were played in a second experiment to two further groups of listeners who judged each stimulus against seven perceptual attribute pairs. Acoustic analysis of those parameters corresponding most directly to the perceptual attributes revealed a number of highly significant correlations, indicating some aspects of the voice and speech (f0, harmonics-to-noise ratio, tempo) that children use to construct and adults use to identify gender in the prepubertal voice.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1055

Cite as: Simpson, A.P., Funk, R., Palmer, F. (2017) Perceptual and Acoustic CorreLates of Gender in the Prepubertal Voice. Proc. Interspeech 2017, 914-918, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1055.


@inproceedings{Simpson2017,
  author={Adrian P. Simpson and Riccarda Funk and Frederik Palmer},
  title={Perceptual and Acoustic CorreLates of Gender in the Prepubertal Voice},
  year=2017,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2017},
  pages={914--918},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1055},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2017-1055}
}