Tuesday, December 06, 2005

"Voice Onset Time"

In this study, an experiment was done to assess the differences in Voice Onset Time (VOT) between trained male singers and non-trained male singers. The hypothesis was that the trained males would have a longer (VOT), especially during singing, because of the physiological changes caused by vocal training and the alleged recurrent weakness in articulation during singing. It was also hypothesized, however, that trained and non-trained singers' articulatory timing during speaking would be similar. The experiment was conducted by having five male trained singers and five male non-trained singers sing and speak several phrases with a specific, designated vowel each time. The results showed that there is a very distinct, pronounced difference in VOT in trained singing and non-trained singing. While the hypothesis correctly showed that singers sing with longer VOTs than non-singers, it was found that this is due to more deliberate, articulate phonation, not imprecision. The hypothesis was also correct in predicting that VOT among trained singers and non-trained singers would be similar; the difference in VOT among trained singers and non-trained singers was negligible.

McCrea, Christopher R., and Richard J. Morris. " Comparisons of Voice Onset Time for Trained Male Singers and Male Nonsingers During Speaking and Singing." The Journal of Voice 19 (2005): 420-429.

3 Comments:

Blogger dbu_us said...

Very nice and understandable .

Thursday, December 08, 2005 9:44:00 AM  
Blogger Keely said...

phonation?? Could you define that for me?

Friday, December 09, 2005 10:52:00 AM  
Blogger gfunk5 said...

Wassup Jamie?! Nice job on the presentation. Make sure that you write down on your blog everything you said in your presentation.

Friday, December 09, 2005 5:29:00 PM  

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