Diferent languages, diferent voices: evidence from Portuguese/English bilinguals’ speech

Ana Paula Petriu Ferreira Engelbert, Denise Cristina Kluge, Adelaide Hercília Pescatori Silva

Abstract


Voice quality results from the modulation of vocal tract articulators and laryngeal activity and produces a long-term efect in speech production and perception. Bilingual speakers can alter voice quality when speaking diferent languages, according to evidence shown in research in the ield. he present study shows results from a voice production experiment in Brazilian Portuguese (BP) and English (EN) by Brazilian bilingual speakers. The experiment consisted of the recordings of reading and semi-spontaneous tasks in BP and EN. Results show statistically signiicant diferences between languages in f0 measures, as well as in spectral characteristics (LTAS) between languages and tasks.


Keywords


Voice Quality; L2 Speech; Acoustic Analysis



DOI: https://doi.org/10.5007/2175-8026.2016v69n1p33

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