Date: Fri, 23 Jan 1998 19:52:51 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Almost about dialect
Only in alien physiology, of course.
I had an MA candidate once who was a singer; he did a nice (but only
exploratory) study of the anatomically silly instructions singing teachers
gave theer studentrs (such as pointing to the forehead and asking a singer
to 'place' the voice there). The interesting fact is, of course, not just
that these instructions a physiologically silly but that they are effective
in achieving appropriate modifications to voice prized by singers (and
actors, and speakers).
What a nice constrastive study between physiological phonetic reality and a
'applied phonetics' this would make!
I have noticed that many 20-something females (my daughter included) have a
voice that lodges high in the throat, producing a grating, nasal-sounding
tone. In other generations the voice comes from around the clavical,
trained voices lower still.
Is the location of vocalization a part of dialect?
Duane Campbell dcamp[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]epix.net
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu