Language and sexuality: Searching for the phonetic correlates of gay- and straight-sounding male voices

Greg Jacobs, Ron Smyth, Henry Rogers


Some studies have provided evidence that a person's sexual orientation can, in some contexts, be identified by the sound of their voice. However, this recent strand of research offers few clues as to which features listeners attend to when making their judgements. The purpose of this paper is to report on the construction of a database of gay- and straight-sounding male voices, with the goal of exploring the phonetic correlates on which listeners base their judgements.


Phonetic Correlates; Gay-Sounding; Straight-Sounding; Intonation; Pitch

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