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Re: [Re: trQal]

From:Edward Heil <edwardheil@...>
Date:Wednesday, April 14, 1999, 20:45
Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> wrote:
> FFlores wrote: > > Could you explain me what creaky voice is? I imagine it, > > but I'm not sure. > =
> It's hard to explain without also hearing it. But basically, it's > something you can do with the throat, it's like voicing, only the laryn=
> is more constricted, leading to a "creaky" sound.
"Produce a sustained vowel sound of the type [@ @ @] or [a a a] on a= very low pitch -- about as low as you can reach. While keeping the sound goin= g, try to lower the pitch still further till the tone of the voice degenerat= es into a cacophonous series of taps. At this point the frequency of the gl= ottal vibration is so low that you can perceive the individual little explosive= bursts of air. "By trial and error, try to achieve a clear crackling noise with no admixture of the tone of voice. To do this, you may have to consciously tighten up your vocal folds, though not so much as to produce a glottal s= top. = This is _creak_.".... "Creaky voice: Proceed as [above] -- start with low-pitched voice, t= hen go still lower till some creak is heard mixed with voice -- but in this c= ase make no attempt to produce the pure kreak that was the end result [above]= =2E"... "Creak or creaky voice is a not uncommon phonation type of very low-pitched syllables in English, particularly in the British variety of English known as RP ('received pronunciation')." J. C. Catford, _A Practical Introduction to Phonetics_, pp. 53 and 55. B= uy it! (from my web page at if you like.) ____________________________________________________________________ Get free e-mail and a permanent address at 1