Exploring gender perception via speech

Posted by on May 25, 2016 5:25 pm
Categories: health

Snap judgments of speakers’ femininity or masculinity are based on acoustic information from the speakers’ voices, but some vocal qualities deemed ‘feminine’ can overlap with acoustic cues for ‘clear speech,’ which is a set of changes speakers make when they suspect their listener is having difficulty hearing. This overlap inspired researchers to explore gender perception via speech — largely to determine whether adopting clear speech could help transgender people who would like to sound more feminine.

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