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Foundations of Voice Studies: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Voice Production and Perception

ISBN: 978-0-631-22297-2
516 pages
May 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Foundations of Voice Studies provides a comprehensive description and analysis of the multifaceted role that voice quality plays in human existence.
  • Offers a unique interdisciplinary perspective on all facets of voice perception, illustrating why listeners hear what they do and how they reach conclusions based on voice quality
  • Integrates voice literature from a multitude of sources and disciplines
  • Supplemented with practical and approachable examples, including a companion website with sound files at www.wiley.com/go/voicestudies
  • Explores the choice of various voices in advertising and broadcasting, and voice perception in singing voices and forensic applications
  • Provides a straightforward and thorough overview of vocal physiology and control
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Table of Contents

1 Introduction.

2 Producing a Voice and Controlling Its Sound.

3 Neurological Foundations of Voice Production and Perception.

4 Physical Characteristics and the Voice: Can We Hear What a Speaker Looks Like?

5 Recognizing Speaker Identity From Voice: Theoretical and Ethological Perspectives and a Psychological Model.

6 The Brain Behind the Voice: Cerebral Models of Voice Production and Perception.

7 Identifying Unfamiliar Voices in Forensic Contexts.

8 Linguistic Uses of Voice Quality: How Voice Signals Linguistic and Pragmatic Aspects of Communication.

9 Perception of Emotion and Personality from Voice.

10 Miscellany: Voice in Law Enforcement, Media and Singing.


Author Index.

Subject Index.

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Author Information

Jody Kreiman is Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and has published over 60 scholarly papers in a variety of journals.

Diana Sidtis (formerly Van Lancker) is Professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University and performs research at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. An experienced clinician, her research has yielded over 90 articles in scholarly journals and edited books.

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“Foundations of Voice Studies has won the American Publishers Award for professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) for best book of 2011 in the areas of Language and Linguistics. It has been praised as “a gem”
by David Pisoni of Indiana University and “a remarkable book” by Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel of MIT. Even just its tables make this an invaluable book, worthy of a spot in every phonetician’s library.”  (The Phonetician,  1 January 2011)


"A truly remarkable achievement! Kreiman and Sidtis cover virtually every topic ever examined in voice science and blend in their own considerable experience and insight to produce a volume that is both readable and engaging."
Michael J. Owren, Georgia State University


"Foundations of Voice Studies is a remarkable book, forging top-quality scholarship with crystal-clear writing to produce an unparalleled treatment of voice production and perception. Anyone interested in voice must have this text."
Gary Weismer, University of Wisconsin - Madison


"A comprehensive, exceptionally-useful treatment of voice-related issues by two of the field's top practitioners; includes the basics of voice production, a model of speaker recognition via the voice, and current research in linguistic, forensic and emotional uses of voice information. The inclusion of online sound files is a particularly valuable addition."
Stefanie Shattuck-Hufnagel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


"Covering everything from anatomy, physiology and neural substrates to processing and even forensic applications-- in a highly accessible format--Kreiman and Sidtis have drawn together perspectives on voice from a wide range of disciplines, making this volume an excellent resource for students, clinical professionals, and scholars alike."
Shari R. Baum, McGill University


"The book is truly an amazing work. The authors are not only pioneers themselves in carrying out fundamental research on many of the key topics covered in the book, but they have managed to organize and synthesize an enormous body of literature and put it together in one easily accessible place.  A gem... there simply is nothing like this anywhere."
David Pisoni, Indiana University

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