Date: Sun, 25 Jan 1998 16:10:32 -0500
From: David Bergdahl bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Almost about dialect
On Sat, 24 Jan 1998, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
The high tensed female voice is common here at OU too, but more
prominently so in non-southern Ohioans, it seems to me. The pitch is
high and the rate is so fast that often I cannot hear word segmentation
and have to ask the speaker to slow down. Student announcers on the
radio are among the worst (they've also never learned how to read aloud
with anything like normal intonation and pausing). I associate the
squeaky little-girl pitch with a desire to sound cute and "feminine" --
a backlash from a (perceived) masculinizing of women? Horrors.
By contrast, on European tv, women with alto voices seem to be preferred.
David Bergdahl Ellis Hall 114c Ohio University / Athens
Associate Prof/English tel: (740) 593-2783 fax: (740) 593-2818
bergdahl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]oak.cats.ohiou.edu