The effect of speaking context on elicitation of habitual pitch

J Voice. 2006 Dec;20(4):545-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2005.08.008. Epub 2005 Nov 7.


The purpose of this study was to investigate if there was an effect of speaking context on the elicitation of habitual pitch [speaking fundamental frequency (SFF)]. Six simulated speaking contexts were created (speaking during a voice evaluation, speaking in public, speaking to a peer, speaking to a superior, speaking to a subordinate, and speaking to a parent or spouse), and the SFF for 30 adult women with normal voice was compared across these contexts. A one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) revealed a statistically significant (P < 0.001) effect of simulated speaking context on SFF, with post hoc analyses indicating a statistically significant difference in SFF while "speaking to a superior" (P < 0.001) and "speaking to a subordinate" (P < 0.001). Possible reasons for an effect of speaking context are discussed. Also, the implications of the use of varied speaking contexts when eliciting SFF are discussed, as is the possibility of an effect of speaking context on the elicitation of other clinically useful voice parameters.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Habits*
  • Humans
  • Pitch Perception
  • Semantics*
  • Social Environment
  • Speech / physiology*
  • Speech Production Measurement
  • Speech Therapy
  • Voice Quality*