Creak in the Respiratory Cycle

Kätlin Aare, Pärtel Lippus, Marcin Wlodarczak, Mattias Heldner


Creakiness is a well-known turn-taking cue and has been observed to systematically accompany phrase and turn ends in several languages. In Estonian, creaky voice is frequently used by all speakers without any obvious evidence for its systematic use as a turn-taking cue. Rather, it signals a lack of prominence and is favored by lengthening and later timing in phrases. In this paper, we analyze the occurrence of creak with respect to properties of the respiratory cycle. We show that creak is more likely to accompany longer exhalations. Furthermore, the results suggest there is little difference in lung volume values regardless of the presence of creak, indicating that creaky voice might be employed to preserve air over the course of longer utterances. We discuss the results in connection to processes of speech planning in spontaneous speech.


 DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2165

Cite as: Aare, K., Lippus, P., Wlodarczak, M., Heldner, M. (2018) Creak in the Respiratory Cycle. Proc. Interspeech 2018, 1408-1412, DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2165.


@inproceedings{Aare2018,
  author={Kätlin Aare and Pärtel Lippus and Marcin Wlodarczak and Mattias Heldner},
  title={Creak in the Respiratory Cycle},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2018},
  pages={1408--1412},
  doi={10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2165},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/Interspeech.2018-2165}
}