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ERIC Number: ED081051
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Pages: 10
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Judgments of Vocal Quality, Speech Fluency, and Confidence of Southern Black and White Speakers.
Irwin, Ruth Beckey
Comparative judgments of vocal quality, speech fluency, and confidence of black and white speakers in southern universities were tested to determine the interrelationships of (1) perception of vocal quality and judgment of confidence in the voice, (2) quality and fluency, and (3) speech fluency and judgment of confidence, and to ascertain the differences between black and white speakers' vocal quality, speech fluency, and confidence. A short passage, used as a stimulus, was read by a test group of 25 Negro and 25 Caucasian students. Using a seven"point scale, it was concluded that: (1) the 50 speakers were correctly identified as to race by a majority of 36 college students serving as listener/judges, (2) vocal quality and speech fluency were both perceived to be significantly better for white speakers, (3) confidence as perceived in the voice was also significantly better for white speakers, and (4) relationships between all combinations of quality, fluency, and confidence were significant. (Author/CH)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (New York, November 1973)