Acoustic Analysis of Children's Voices The analysis and synthesis of children’s voices present unique challenges for clinicians as well as for researchers. Little research has been done to investigate how the acoustic patterns in children’s voices differ from that of adults and how they change with age. Two reasons that have limited the research ... Article
Article  |   March 01, 2002
Acoustic Analysis of Children's Voices
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  • Rahul Shrivastav
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Florida, Gainesville
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Speech, Voice & Prosodic Disorders / Voice Disorders / Speech, Voice & Prosody / Articles
Article   |   March 01, 2002
Acoustic Analysis of Children's Voices
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 11-12. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.11
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, March 2002, Vol. 12, 11-12. doi:10.1044/vvd12.1.11
The analysis and synthesis of children’s voices present unique challenges for clinicians as well as for researchers. Little research has been done to investigate how the acoustic patterns in children’s voices differ from that of adults and how they change with age. Two reasons that have limited the research done on children’s voices include shortcomings associated with older technology and the heterogeneity of the subject population. First, until the advent of modern computers, the technology used to analyze speech required that many analysis parameters be “hard coded” in the instruments. This restricted the usefulness of the analysis instruments mostly toward adult male speakers (Kent & Read, 1992). Second, children form a very heterogeneous group for any research study. The rapid developmental changes and the inherent variability in the developmental rate in children make it difficult to compare the results from different experiments. Longitudinal studies of voice development are, therefore, necessary. However, few such studies have been reported in the literature. Fortunately, much more current interest has been expressed to study children’s voices. Advances in technology have allowed more research on children’s voices and more information is likely to be available in the future.
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