A curious vocal pattern has crept into the speech of young adult women who speak American English: low, creaky vibrations, also called vocal fry.
Pop singers, such as Britney Spears, slip vocal fry into their music as a way to reach low notes and add style. Now, a new study of young women in New
York state shows that the same guttural vibration—once considered a speech disorder—has become a language fad
You hear it at work, in public and on TV. Family and friends suffering an affliction that goes unnoticed to themselves. But you can't seem to ignore
it anymore. It slowly eats away your soul till you scream, "can you talk like a normal human being"!!!!! Vocal Fry. Is it here to stay? Let us pray
that it's not.
More research needs to be done to discover the origins of this disorder. If we can trace it's origins and identify the development stages, then
perhaps we can eradicate the problem.
HAHA! Oh man, now I have to show this post to my 17 year old daughter. She can't STAND the way so many girls her age talk, and calls it an
inpediment. Now we have a word for it! Vocal fryyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
Perhaps your right. If this vocal fry is being used in the workplace it may be a way of differentiating yourself from the crowd. Thing is when it
catches on everyone will be doing it, removing the reason for it in the first place. Yet like all good trends it will continue.
It does sound quite annoying. Why people would want to do it is beyond me?
It is actually more commonly diagnosed among performers. I actually should have been treated for it as well, but through my own means I ended it. It
is simply a result of vocal fatigue. When you speak out of your natural vocal range you tax your vocal cords.
As for your theory-It is correct. We live in a male dominated society so it is natural for women to lower their voice in an attempt to mimic men.
This is all done unconsciously. In order to nip the problem in the butt you have to consciously attempt to speak at a higher pitch. Many classical
male singers actually sound effeminate to most people because they do this. It's to protect the voice from fatigue.
In short, sound from your diaphragm and not your chest if you speak for long periods of time.
And now, for your further education (and some lol's)
I live in a college town and hear this on a daily basis! I CAN"T stand it!!!
Ugh, I just want to say "Do you know how stupid and empty headed you sound?" GAH!!
It really makes young girls sound ridiculous! As a mother to two girls, I am terrified they will come home speaking like this!
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