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Vocal Fry

The Gifted Speaker: Why Are You Growling at Me?

Michelle Hakala-Wolf | Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living
Michelle Hakala-Wolf

The Raspy Growl, The Fry -- Ouch! We've all heard it, the sudden drop in the voice, the raspy sounds connected to barely audible words. Have you been ...

What Lake Bell Considers A 'Pandemic' Among Young Women

Posted 07.29.2013 | Women

Lake Bell is a little bit worried about young women today. Specifically, their voices. The actress, who wrote, directed and stars in the upcoming f...

Why Your Texts Might Look Kiiiiind Of Like Thiiiiiis

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 02.22.2013 | Women

If you haven't sent a text or an email with letters repeated for emphasis -- "hiiiiiiiiii," "oh nooooooooo," and "wait whaaaaaaat?" all come to mind -...

What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking

Ilana Ross | Posted 05.03.2012 | College
Ilana Ross

The New York Times noted that a current linguistic trend called "vocal fry" is just one in a long line of largely female speech patterns that are seen often seen as a sign of stupidity. Young women who used vocal fry were being dismissed as insecure, naive, and dumb.

Your Daughter's Annoying Habits Are Changing The World

Lisa Belkin | Posted 04.29.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

I'm the parent who stopped with the baby talk when my boys were technically still babies, who counted the superfluous use of "like" in their sentences, and who made them repeat any statement they'd contorted into a question. Linguists say I was fighting evolution.

Are Women Changing Their Voices To Talk Like Britney?

The Huffington Post | Amanda L. Chan | Posted 12.21.2011 | Healthy Living

Apparently, a lot of today's young women want their voices to sound like Ke$ha or Britney Spears. At least, that's what a small new study published...