Identity, Socialization and Environment in Transgender Speakers: Sociophonetic Variation in Creak and /s/

Pearce, J. (2019) Identity, Socialization and Environment in Transgender Speakers: Sociophonetic Variation in Creak and /s/. In: Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 5-9 August 2019, pp. 29-33. ISBN 9780646800691

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Abstract

This study investigates sociophonetic variation in creak and /s/ in 17 transgender speakers in the UK, comparing 12 transmasculine (TM) speakers and 5 transfeminine (TF) speakers. Assuming that transgender speakers would attempt to distance themselves from the norms of their assigned sex and recruit or avoid recruiting the perceptually low pitch of creak, it was predicted that TM speakers would have a lower centre of gravity for /s/ and use more creak than TF speakers. However, TM speakers were found to have a significantly higher centre of gravity for /s/ than TF speakers and did not differ significantly from TF speakers in creak usage. Taken together with qualitative data, this suggests that speaker identities, socialization experiences and environment all contribute to variation in /s/ and creak in these speakers.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pearce, Jo
Authors: Pearce, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
ISBN:9780646800691
Published Online:05 August 2019
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