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The multidimensional nature of pathologic vocal quality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7962996     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Although the terms "breathy" and "rough" are frequently applied to pathological voices, widely accepted definitions are not available and the relationship between these qualities is not understood. To investigate these matters, expert listeners judged the dissimilarity of pathological voices with respect to breathiness and roughness. A second group of listeners rated the voices on unidimensional scales for the same qualities. Multidimensional scaling analyses suggested that breathiness and roughness are related, multidimensional constructs. Unidimensional ratings of both breathiness and roughness were necessary to describe patterns of similarity with respect to either quality. Listeners differed in the relative importance given to different aspects of voice quality, particularly when judging roughness. The presence of roughness in a voice did not appear to influence raters' judgments of breathiness; however, judgments of roughness were heavily influenced by the degree of breathiness, the particular nature of the influence varying from listener to listener. Differences in how listeners focus their attention on the different aspects of multidimensional perceptual qualities apparently are a significant source of interrater unreliability (noise) in voice quality ratings.
J Kreiman; B R Gerratt; G S Berke
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  96     ISSN:  0001-4966     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  1994 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-12-02     Completed Date:  1994-12-02     Revised Date:  2007-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1291-302     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Head and Neck Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine 90024.
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MeSH Terms
Observer Variation
Reproducibility of Results
Speech Perception
Voice Disorders*
Voice Quality*
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