Honours Undergraduate Student,
Class of 2002
University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1 Canada
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Thesis -Hyponasality: Implications of Children's Voice Quality on Adult Perceptions
Voice quality is an important factor that influences people’s first impressions. Hyponasality, described as “speakig-through-the-dose”, occurs when too little air flows through the nose during production of nasal phonemes. Voice quality affects teachers’ impressions of students, but it is not known what specific qualities influence perceptions. Previous research showed that hypernasal resonance in infants and adults elicit negative perceptions. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if children’s hyponasal voices elicit more negative perceptions than voices with normal resonance. Adults listened to a CD with the voices of the same 8 children speaking the same sentence with hyponasal resonance and average nasal resonance and rated them on adjectives related to intelligence and social favourability. When children spoke with hyponasal voices, they were perceived as less socially favourable and less intelligent than when they spoke with normal nasal resonance. This study demonstrates that children’s voice quality affects listener’s attitudes.
I am interested in a career as a Speech-Language Pathologist and will be applying for acceptance into a Masters program in September 2003. In the coming year, I would like to gain more experience with research pertaining to the field of language.
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