Date: Sat, 24 Jan 1998 15:49:25 -0500 From: Beverly Flanigan Subject: Re: Almost about dialect 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. Beverly Flanigan Ohio University