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The phonetics of gender in Swedish and German
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Language Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2008-0071
2019 (English)In: Proceedings of Fonetik 2019, 2019, p. 49-53Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Gender specific variation in phonetic parameters exist cross-linguistically. However, differences between languages in the size of this variation point to a socio-cultural aspect influencing these gender-specific differences.

This study investigates fundamental frequency and vowel space size in 71 Swedish and German males and females, thereby comparing gender differences between the language groups. In addition, self-reported gender identity scores are gathered and set in relation to the phonetic variation.

Results reveal differences between the language groups in the size of gender-specific variation with German speakers showing larger differences in mean f0 and vowel space size between the genders than Swedish speakers. This is mainly due to a lower mean f0 and a smaller vowel space in Swedish females and reflects socio-cultural differences in gender identity.

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2019. p. 49-53
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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Phonetics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-170368DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.3245997OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-170368DiVA, id: diva2:1332123
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Fonetik 2019, Stockholm, Sweden, 10-12 June, 2019
Available from: 2019-06-27 Created: 2019-06-27 Last updated: 2019-11-13Bibliographically approved

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