Research Article| Volume 3, ISSUE 4, P324-336, December 1989

Acoustic characteristics of reticent speech

  • Deborah M. Rekart
    Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. D. M. Rekart at Department of Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, U.S.A.
    Department of Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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  • Cynthia F. Begnal
    Department of Speech Communication, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
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      Reticent speakers differ from nonreticent speakers in vocal characteristics, such as fundamental frequency, frequency range, fluency, and intensity, which prompt negative impressions on the part of listeners. Waveform and spectrographic analyses were performed on the vocal cues of 19 reticent and nonreticent subjects (57 speech samples). Statistically significant differences were found in fluency between reticent and nonreticent speech. Reticent male speakers also showed significantly higher F0, whereas reticent female speakers demonstrated narrower frequency range. Identification and analysis of these characteristics are required for effective remediation.
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