Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998 11:02:37 -0600 From: "Timothy C. Frazer" Subject: Re: Almost about dialect That marked vocal quality is certainly a characteristic of female undergraduates here in Illinois. To me it sounds like the vocal cavity is kept continually tensed, so that it remains close and flat in shape, yielding a voice like the old Chipmunks recordings. It seems to be too that the rate of speech is faster than usual. Question: will they keep doing this throughout their lives? Other question: how long has this gone on? I've only noticed it in the last few years. And when does it start? Before college?