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Straight or Gay? Vowels in Speech May Give it Away
U.S. News and World Report Health ^ | May 20, 2011 | HealthDay

Posted on 05/21/2011 8:01:50 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

FRIDAY, May 20 (HealthDay News) -- For the average listener, the vowel sounds in an unfamiliar voice quickly give away the speaker's sexual orientation, a new study finds.

"I'm not sure what exactly the listeners are responding to in the vowel," study lead author Erik C. Tracy, a cognitive psychologist at Ohio State University, said in a news release from the American Institute of Physics. "Other researchers have done various acoustic analyses to understand why gay and heterosexual men produce vowels differently. Whatever this difference is, it seems that listeners are using it to make this sexual orientation decision."

When hearing an unfamiliar voice at the other end of the phone line, most people instantly judge the stranger's characteristics based on how they speak, and the new study suggests listeners are usually pretty accurate in their determination.

"This is a phenomenon that occurs every day," Tracy said. "We are constantly speaking with people we don't know on our phones, and just from this conversation, we might be able to identify personal characteristics about that person, such as their gender, age, race or sexual orientation."

In order to understand how this process works, Tracy and a colleague focused on one characteristic -- sexual orientation. They asked seven gay and seven heterosexual males to record single-syllable words (including "mass," "food" and "sell") and then played the recordings for listeners. The study participants were then asked to identify the sexual orientation of the speakers when hearing only the first letter sound of those words, the first two letter sounds, or the entire words.

The listeners were unable to determine the sexual orientation after hearing the sound of the first letter in the spoken word, for example, just the "m" sound in the word "mass." But, "when presented with the first two letter sounds [for example "ma"], listeners were 75 percent accurate," Tracy said. "We believe that listeners are using the acoustic information contained in vowels to make this sexual orientation decision," he explained.

The findings are scheduled to be presented May 23 in Seattle at the meeting of the Acoustical Society of America. Experts note that research presented at meetings has not been subjected to the same type of rigorous scrutiny given to research published in peer-reviewed medical journals.

More information

The Nemours Foundation has more about sexual orientation.

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KEYWORDS: anotherstudy; gaybonics; gaydar; gaygene; gays; homosexualagenda; junkscience; lavendermafia; napl; pseudoscience; straights; taxdollarsatwork; voicepatterns
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1 posted on 05/21/2011 8:01:53 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: 3D-JOY; abner; Abundy; AGreatPer; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; alisasny; ALlRightAllTheTime; ...

PING!


2 posted on 05/21/2011 8:03:03 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I hate politically correct sorosmonkey superheroes!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The rain in Spain falls mainly on the plain...


3 posted on 05/21/2011 8:05:25 PM PDT by April Lexington (Study the Constitution so you know what they are taking away!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"when presented with the first two letter sounds [for example "ma"], listeners were 75 percent accurate,"

I think that's because gays tend to put more into the "a" hole.

4 posted on 05/21/2011 8:06:22 PM PDT by Charles Henrickson (Vowel movement.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Finally a scientific explanation for gaydar.


5 posted on 05/21/2011 8:06:40 PM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

And here all this time I was listening for the lisp....


6 posted on 05/21/2011 8:06:56 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: meatloaf

Well, this is showing that even though liberals lecture us about not adhering to stereotypes, that indeed stereotypes have some basis in fact.

The “lisping” in pronunciation is a characteristic of male homosexuals. A stereotype, but one which arose for a reason.

How many “straight” females wear flannel shirts, and have mannish haircuts? Another stereotype.


7 posted on 05/21/2011 8:09:40 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Throw out your hands!! Stick out your tush!! Hands on your hips Give them a push!! You'll be surprised You're doing the French Mistake!! (video)
9 posted on 05/21/2011 8:11:38 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Anybody check out Obamas vowel sounds?


10 posted on 05/21/2011 8:13:16 PM PDT by Right Wing Puppy
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Anybody check out Obamas vowel sounds?


11 posted on 05/21/2011 8:13:23 PM PDT by Right Wing Puppy
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To: SERKIT

F*** You I’m workin’ for Mel Brooks!


12 posted on 05/21/2011 8:13:49 PM PDT by CTyank
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Gays who are clannish talk with a lisp-It’s one way they ID each other.


13 posted on 05/21/2011 8:18:00 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I suppose that this is some of the research that Obama wants the gov to continue to finance with our money.


14 posted on 05/21/2011 8:20:44 PM PDT by rightly_dividing (1Cor.15: 1-4 Believe it!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
There may be other clues.
15 posted on 05/21/2011 8:21:46 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: April Lexington
E nunciate!

Bye the bye, is April Lexington referencing the first battle of the Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775?

16 posted on 05/21/2011 8:22:04 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Sarah and the Conservatives will rock your world.)
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To: Right Wing Puppy
Obama attempts to speak with the almost-extinct Mid-Alantic accent, but fails to include the classic falling diphthongs ("get in the cah" as opposed to "get in the car", "nothing to feah but feah itself") and the general softening of consonants. In other words, an affection, and a poor one at that.
17 posted on 05/21/2011 8:22:21 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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18 posted on 05/21/2011 8:22:37 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Dilbert San Diego
How many “straight” females wear flannel shirts, and have mannish haircuts? Another stereotype.

Which brings me to this question: why are TV-show lesbians so pretty?

19 posted on 05/21/2011 8:22:43 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I hate politically correct sorosmonkey superheroes!)
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To: Right Wing Puppy

I can’t get past the sibilant s.


20 posted on 05/21/2011 8:23:29 PM PDT by brytlea (If you don't know what APOD is you'd better find out!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Check Set phasers on stunning.
21 posted on 05/21/2011 8:24:04 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

In my (admittedly and thankfully limited) experience, gay males tend to end up affecting psuedo-southern accents, which is simultaneously insulting to Southerners and a good identifier.


22 posted on 05/21/2011 8:28:19 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

This explains the effeminate homosexual that the hyper masculine nazi homosexuals persucuted but what about the butch homo’s? How does this work with the leather bar homo’s?


23 posted on 05/21/2011 8:28:38 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe its because the Twinks like to have their lips pursed into a tight “O” shape, whilst they’re trying to talk to their “man”!


24 posted on 05/21/2011 8:31:11 PM PDT by Noob1999
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Most of the lesbians I've known were pretty. They call themselves Lipstick lesbians.
25 posted on 05/21/2011 8:33:45 PM PDT by arderkrag (Georgia is God's Country.----------In the same way Rush is balance, I am consensus.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

yep..he’s a flamer


26 posted on 05/21/2011 8:35:34 PM PDT by evad (Obama needs to show us his green card)
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To: Right Wing Puppy

Anybody check out Obamas vowel sounds?”

Yeth, I think that is how he thounds.


27 posted on 05/21/2011 8:46:10 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Peter Marshall: Whose motto is "Do Your Best"?

Paul Lynde: I guess we can rule out Jimmy Carter...

28 posted on 05/21/2011 8:53:04 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: meatloaf

Several differences have been identified.

Hair whorl direction, index-finger/ring-finger length ratio, etc. Here are some...

http://www.cracked.com/article_19194_6-intimate-details-you-can-tell-just-by-looking-at-someone_p2.html


29 posted on 05/21/2011 8:56:12 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The gay guys pick up that ‘vowel’ accent from watching too much Bravo TV - or maybe it’s a ‘bowel’ accent (sorry for the visual - in advance)


30 posted on 05/21/2011 8:58:54 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Is that a fudgecicle puppet, lol?


31 posted on 05/21/2011 8:59:55 PM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Which brings me to this question: why are TV-show lesbians so pretty?

That reminds me of a Saturday Night Live skit where some frat boys get a wish and they ask to see a couple lesbians get it on and they forget to say "hot" so they get very, very butch lesbians.

32 posted on 05/21/2011 9:07:01 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! Tea Party extremism is a badge of honor.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Did taxpayer money pay for this research?


33 posted on 05/21/2011 9:10:43 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Fabulous!!


34 posted on 05/21/2011 9:10:52 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: arderkrag

To me Obama sounds like he has a midwestern accent, which I am very used to. Not a lot of twang or slang. Fairly straight pronounciation.


35 posted on 05/21/2011 9:19:23 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A: It’s a tv show. Duh. :)


36 posted on 05/21/2011 9:20:18 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: arderkrag

OK, that’s one more stereotype down the drain, thank God.


37 posted on 05/21/2011 9:21:32 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (I hate politically correct sorosmonkey superheroes!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sounds very similar to phrenology.


38 posted on 05/21/2011 9:40:29 PM PDT by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: libertarian27

“The gay guys pick up that ‘vowel’ accent from watching too much Bravo TV - or maybe it’s a ‘bowel’ accent (sorry for the visual - in advance)”

It might have something to do with TV. For example, I briefly glanced at “Glee” while channel surfing and didn’t think about sex for days.


39 posted on 05/21/2011 9:40:40 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: The Antiyuppie

I watch most TV shows on the internet- there’s been so much buzz on that show ‘Glee’ I was thinking of watching a couple of episodes - then I thought better of it and decided to steer queer of the show completely....


40 posted on 05/21/2011 9:57:21 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: Gondring

Dude. That’s a comedy site. It was written for laughs.


41 posted on 05/21/2011 10:22:09 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: meatloaf

I am SO glad I read down the thread before posting that.... :)


42 posted on 05/21/2011 10:26:19 PM PDT by Politicalmom (“You mess with Israel, you mess with the U.S.”-Herman Cain)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks; a fool in paradise; JoeProBono; Slings and Arrows; Daffynition

Faaa-byuu-loooo-s!


43 posted on 05/21/2011 10:29:13 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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“Which brings me to this question: why are TV-show lesbians so pretty?”

-

Related question, why is it that real-life lesbians contrary to gay Hollyweird propaganda, scowling, fat and frumpy?


44 posted on 05/21/2011 10:31:51 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Because they aren’t real lesbians?


45 posted on 05/21/2011 10:35:41 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Dilbert San Diego
The “lisping” in pronunciation is a characteristic of male homosexuals. A stereotype, but one which arose for a reason.

So, what's the reason they speak with a lisp? That's always been a mystery to me.

46 posted on 05/21/2011 11:17:12 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Thick, sticky tongue.


47 posted on 05/21/2011 11:20:57 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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To: going hot
Thick, sticky tongue.

Heh...

But, haven't you ever wondered why the hell they talk that way?

It's not exactly a lisp. It's a distinct accent or something. I can't describe it, but I know it when I hear it.

48 posted on 05/21/2011 11:26:45 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Revolting cat!; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ..

Still no comment.



49 posted on 05/21/2011 11:29:30 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Windflier
But, haven't you ever wondered why the hell they talk that way?

The question never coalesced in my brain. I was just trying to imagine a reason after reading your post.

50 posted on 05/21/2011 11:34:14 PM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a momma deuce)
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