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Vol. 50, No. 1, 1998
Issue release date: January–February 1998
Section title: Original Paper
Folia Phoniatr Logop 1998;50:35–48
(DOI:10.1159/000021447)

Acoustic Correlates of Perceived versus Actual Sexual Orientation in Men’s Speech

Linville S.E.
Program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisc., USA

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 2/11/1998
Issue release date: January–February 1998

Number of Print Pages: 14
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPL

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore possible differences in the speech patterns of gay and straight men, both as a function of perceived and actual sexual orientation. Tape recordings of monologue readings from 5 openly gay men and 4 straight men were played to 25 listeners for judgments of perceived sexual orientation. Monologues were analyzed in terms of /s/ duration, /s/ peak frequency, modal speaking fundamental frequency, speech rate, and long-term average speech spectra. Listeners correctly identified the sexual orientation ofthese speakers at a rate of 79.6%. Multiple regression analysis revealed that gay judgments were significantly associated with higher peak /s/ frequency values and longer /s/ duration values. Acoustic cues associated with perceived sexual orientation generally agreed with acoustic findings as a function of actual sexual orientation. While these results must be interpreted cautiously, findings suggest that members of the community of openly gay men demonstrate certain speech characteristics that are discernible to listeners.


  

Author Contacts

Sue Ellen Linville, PhD
Program in Speech Pathology and Audiology, Marquette University
PO Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881 (USA)
Tel. (414) 288-1406, Fax (414) 288-3980
E-Mail 6533 Linville@vms.csd.mu.edu

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 14
Number of Figures : 2, Number of Tables : 2, Number of References : 47

  

Publication Details

Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica (International Journal of Phoniatrics, Speech Therapy and Communication Pathology)
Founded in 1947 by R. Luchsinger, M. Seeman and J. Tarneaud
Official Organ of the International Association of Logopedics and Phoniatrics (IALP)

Vol. 50, No. 1, Year 1998 (Cover Date: January-February 1998)

Journal Editor: S. Fex, Lund
ISSN: 1021–7762 (print), 1421–9972 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/journals/fpl


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 2/11/1998
Issue release date: January–February 1998

Number of Print Pages: 14
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 1021-7762 (Print)
eISSN: 1421-9972 (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/FPL


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