Sex differences in voice onset time : a developmental study of phonetic context effects in British English \ud

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Whiteside, S.P. ; Henry, L. ; Dobbin, R. (2004)
  • Publisher: Acoustical Society of America

Voice onset time (VOT) data for the plosives /p b t d k g/ in two vowel contexts (/i a/) for 5 groups of 46 boys and girls aged 5;8 to 13;2 years were investigated to examine patterns of sex differences. Results indicated that there was some evidence of females displaying longer VOT values than the males. In addition, these were found to be most marked for the data of the 13;2-year olds. Furthermore, the sex differences in the VOT values displayed phonetic context effects. For example, the greatest sex differences were observed for the voiceless plosives, and within the context of the vowel /i/.
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