Monday, November 05, 2007

gender, sexual orientation, pronunciation

Stimuli were created
by pairing a synthetic nine-step /s/- "sh" continuum with tokens of /æk/ and "ip" taken from productions
of shack and ship by 44 talkers whose perceived sexual orientation had been reported previously
 (Munson et al., J. Phonetics in press. Listeners participated in a series of two-alternative
sack-shack and sip-ship identification experiments. Listeners identified more "sh" tokens for women’s
voices than for men’s voices for both continua. Lesbian/bisexual-sounding women elicited more
sack and sip responses than heterosexual-sounding women. No consistent influence of perceived
sexual orientation on fricative identification was noted for men’s voices. Results suggest that
listeners are sensitive to the association between fricatives’ center frequencies and perceived sexual
orientation in women’s voices, but not in men’s voices. © 2006 Acoustical Society of America.

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