How low can you go? Pitch as an index of lesbian identity

This work was done in the sociolinguistics lab at Michigan State University under Suzanne Evans Wager. I aim to answer two main questions. First, to what extent does pitch range and average pitch affect listeners’ perceptions of women’s sexual orientation and gender expression? And second, how does listener identity affect perception?

To answer these questions, I have developed an online survey. The results were presented as a poster at an undergraduate conference at Michigan State.

 

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