The effect of speaking sample duration on determination of habitual pitch

J Voice. 2005 Jun;19(2):197-201. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2004.01.010.


The purpose of this study was to investigate if there was an effect of duration of speaking on determination of habitual pitch. Five speaking periods commonly used to elicit habitual pitch in clinical voice evaluations were compared (1, 5, 15, 30, and 60 seconds). Thirty female speakers with normal voices participated. Results of a within-subject univariate F-test revealed a statistically significant (p < 0.001) difference in habitual pitch among the speaking periods. Habitual pitch for the 1-second and 60-second speaking periods were found to be statistically significantly (p < 0.05) different than all remaining speaking periods, and the habitual pitch for the 30-second speaking period was found to be statistically significantly (p < 0.05) different than 60-second speaking period. Implications for the use of various speaking durations when determining habitual pitch are discussed, as is the possibility of a speaking duration effect on determination of other pitch-related voice parameters.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Habits*
  • Humans
  • Speech / physiology*
  • Voice Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Voice Disorders / therapy*
  • Voice Quality*
  • Voice Training