15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Assessing Voice Quality in Teaching Practice: Results from the Application of Acoustic Parameters

Silvia Planas-Morales (1), Xavier Villalba (2)

(1) Rovira i Virgili University, Spain
(2) Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

The main goal of this study was investigating the voice quality of university teaching population, a group at risk of suffering from dysphonia. To evaluate the issue, a series of twelve parameters was established, from current studies in pathological voice and a previous pilot study: I) Phono-respiratory control; II) Proportion of maximum phonation time; III) [i] Jitter; IV) [a] Jitter ; V) [i] Shimmer; VI) [a] Shimmer; VII) Hoarseness; VIII) Breathiness; IX) Other alterations in vowel production; X) Alterations in F0 vowel range; XI) End of sentences without vocal cords vibration; XII) Other alterations in sentences. Each parameter was associated with a normal value, which allowed us to mark any production on a -/+ (=normal/abnormal) basis.

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Bibliographic reference.  Planas-Morales, Silvia / Villalba, Xavier (2003): "Assessing voice quality in teaching practice: results from the application of acoustic parameters", In ICPhS-15, 2161-2164.