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Format characteristics of human laughter

Szameitat DP, , Darwin, CJ, Szameitat, AJ, Wildgruber, D, Sterr, AM, Dietrich, S and Alter, K (2011) Format characteristics of human laughter Journal of Voice, 25 (1). pp. 32-37.

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Although laughter is an important aspect of nonverbal vocalization, its acoustic properties are still not fully understood. Extreme articulation during laughter production, such as wide jaw opening, suggests that laughter can have very high first formant (F1) frequencies. We measured fundamental frequency and formant frequencies of the vowels produced in the vocalic segments of laughter. Vocalic segments showed higher average F1 frequencies than those previously reported and individual values could be as high as 1100 Hz for male speakers and 1500 Hz for female speakers. To our knowledge, these are the highest F1 frequencies reported to date for human vocalizations, exceeding even the F1 frequencies reported for trained soprano singers. These exceptionally high F1 values are likely to be based on the extreme positions adopted by the vocal tract during laughter in combination with physiological constraints accompanying the production of a “pressed” voice.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
Szameitat DP,
Darwin, CJ
Szameitat, AJ
Wildgruber, D
Sterr, AM
Dietrich, S
Alter, K
Date : January 2011
DOI : 10.1016/j.jvoice.2009.06.010
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Additional Information : NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Voice. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Voice, 25(1), January 2011, DOI 10.1016/j.jvoice.2009.06.010.
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 25 Jun 2014 14:54
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:30

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