Performing gender through voice pitch: A cross-cultural analysis of Japanese and American English

  • Yumiko Ohara


The basic assumption of this paper is that people from different cultures have different resources for performing and highlighting their gendered identities. One of those resources which has been studied extensively is language with research on language and gender tending to concentrate on the ways that gender is expressed through the grammar, phonology, morphology, and pragmatic aspects of a language. However, in this paper I want to explore how gender can be expressed through prosodic characteristics, especially, voice pitch.1


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  • Yumiko Ohara
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  1. 1.East Asian Languages and LiteraturesUniversity of Hawai’i at ManoaUSA

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