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Foundations of Voice Studies An Interdisciplinary Approach to Voice Production and Perception



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This is the edition with a publication date of 4/22/2013.

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Foundations of Voice Studies provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the multifaceted role that voice quality plays in human existence.
  • Offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on all facets of voice perception, illustrating why listeners hear what they do and how they reach conclusions based on voice quality
  • Integrates voice literature from a multitude of sources and disciplines
  • Supplemented with practical and approachable examples, including a companion website with sound files at
  • Explores the choice of various voices in advertising and broadcasting, and voice perception in singing voices and forensic applications
  • Provides a straightforward and thorough overview of vocal physiology and control

Author Biography

Jody Kreiman is Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and has published over 60 scholarly papers in a variety of journals.

Diana Sidtis (formerly Van Lancker) is Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University and performs research at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. An experienced clinician, her research has yielded over 90 articles in scholarly journals and edited books.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

2 Producing a Voice and Controlling Its Sound 25

3 Neurological Foundations of Voice Production and Perception 72

4 Physical Characteristics and the Voice: Can We Hear What a Speaker Looks Like? 110

5 Recognizing Speaker Identity From Voice: Theoretical and Ethological Perspectives and a Psychological Model 156

6 The Brain Behind the Voice: Cerebral Models of Voice Production and Perception 189

7 Identifying Unfamiliar Voices in Forensic Contexts 237

8 Linguistic Uses of Voice Quality: How Voice Signals Linguistic and Pragmatic Aspects of Communication 260

9 Perception of Emotion and Personality from Voice 302

10 Miscellany: Voice in Law Enforcement, Media and Singing 361

References 398

Author Index 470

Subject Index 495

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