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How do they do it? The difference between singing and speaking in female altos

Hall, Damien J. (2006) How do they do it? The difference between singing and speaking in female altos. Penn Working Papers in Linguistics, 12 (1). pp. 123-135. ISSN 1524-9549. (KAR id:29533)

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This paper reports the first set of results of an investigation into the phonetic

has been done on males’ singing). Based on the author’s previous research

‘singing’ sound:

amplitude of H1


singers would change the locations of F1 and F2 in order to amplify

on f0 frequency.

1) H1 here means ‘f0, the leftmost peak in the spectrum’; H2 refers to the

2) The terms 'f0' and 'pitch' are interchangeable.)

paper concentrates on two of the nine: the singers who had the most and the

their singing sound:

than H1 (this technique is referred to in this paper simply as ‘amplifying

- producing a singer’s formant.

amount of training / experience and the pitch-range in which she feels most


Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: phonetics, singing
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Damien Hall
Date Deposited: 18 May 2012 11:39 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 09:00 UTC
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