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Category Archives: Voice


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Rhythm is the perceived evenness or unevenness of the rate of speech. It is realized through word stress and tempo variations. Word stress is achieved through (1) raising pitch, (2) increasing loudness, and (3) lengthening the nuclear vowel.

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Prosody considers how rhythm, stress, intonation, tempo, and related features of speech, contribute to a speaker’s meaning.

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Voice Care for Children

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Voice care for children, voice improvement and preventing voice disorders requires adults to encourage three things: keeping the voice box (larynx) healthy, reducing vocal strain, and helping the child to monitor their voice production. This article lists positive things to do to improve voice in children and things to avoid doing in order to encourage better use of voice in children.

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Voice Care for Adults

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Voice care consists of voice conservation and vocal tract hygiene. Voice conservation is achieved by speaking in a gentle voice with minimal effort. Vocal tract hygiene aims to reduce the intake of anything that might irritate the larynx (such as smoking, drinking alcohol and coffee) and to increase behaviors that promote a healthy larynx (such as drinking plenty of water and taking steam inhalations). Voice care is sometimes generally referred to as vocal hygiene. This article lists positive things to do and things to avoid doing in order to promote and maintain a healthy voice.

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Common Voice Difficulties

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Common voice difficulties include colds and laryngitis, and vocal misuse. Voice disorders persist over time and are characterized as organic, psychogenic or functional.

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Voice Development

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Development of the voice As with language development and speech development, development of the voice also follows a fairly predictable pattern. First cries There is a remarkable similarity in the quality of babies’ first cries. The pitch is about the note A above middle C on the piano. Young infants are able to scream at […]

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Voice is the sound produced in the larynx by the vibration of the vocal folds (vocal cords). Certain speech sounds are voiced by this vibration. The human voice conveys information about the speaker through paralinguistic features such as: pitch, loudness, resonance, quality and flexibility. Speakers vary these paralinguistic to infuse their talk with emotion.

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