EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Relations between vocal registers in voice breaks

Gerrit Bloothooft, Mieke van Wijck, Peter Pabon

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

1783 modal-falsetto register breaks and 853 falsetto-modal register breaks, produced by seven untrained adult male subjects, were recorded and analyzed with respect to jumps in fundamental frequency and sound pressure level (SPL) using a computer phonetograph. SPL and relative positions of modal and falsetto registers were the most important factors underlying the results. Whereas sub- or supraglottal coupling certainly cannot explain the results, models of intrinsic non-linear behavior of the vocal folds may need to be extended for explanations of breaks outside the overlap area of the two registers.

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Bibliographic reference.  Bloothooft, Gerrit / Wijck, Mieke van / Pabon, Peter (2001): "Relations between vocal registers in voice breaks", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 39-42.