An acoustic analysis of voice quality in London English: the effect of gender, ethnicity and f0

Anita Szakay, Eivind Nessa Torgersen

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This study investigates voice quality in London
English, using acoustic features such as harmonic structure (H1 H2) and fundamental frequency (f0). We compare the speech of 28 Inner London Hackney speakers of Anglo and non-Anglo background with the speech of 14 Outer London Anglo speakers from Havering. The results reveal that voice quality and pitch significantly differ between the two locations, where Inner London speech is lower in pitch, yet more breathy in voice quality. This suggests that the H1-H2 measure is not necessarily dependent on global f0 values.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICPhS2015
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences
Editors The Scottish Consortium for ICPhS 2015
Place of PublicationGlasgow, Scotland
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780852619414
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Congresses of Phonetic Sciences (18th : 2015) - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015

Publication series

NameICPhS Proceedings
PublisherInternational Phonetic Association
ISSN (Electronic)241-0669


ConferenceInternational Congresses of Phonetic Sciences (18th : 2015)
Abbreviated titleICPhS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Bibliographical note

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  • voice quality
  • MLE
  • H1-H2
  • ethnicity
  • gender
  • pitch


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