02/28/2012 11:41 am ET

Girls Add A Growl To Teen Lexicon

The linguistic quirks of teenage girls remain a topic of fascination among researchers, who note that young girls often start vocal trends. And as a new report by Douglas Quenqua in Science Times reveals, Valley Girl lingo is out and the growl is in:

The latest linguistic curiosity to emerge from the petri dish of girl culture gained a burst of public recognition in December, when researchers from Long Island University published a paper about it in The Journal of Voice. Working with what they acknowledged was a very small sample - recorded speech from 34 women ages 18 to 25 -- the professors said they had found evidence of a new trend among female college students: a guttural fluttering of the vocal cords they called "vocal fry."

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