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dc.contributor.advisorMarcia Bartusiak.en_US
dc.contributor.authorGammon, Katharine Stoelen_US
dc.contributor.otherMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-09-03T14:43:16Z
dc.date.available2008-09-03T14:43:16Z
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/42145
dc.descriptionThesis (S.M. in Science Writing)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2007.en_US
dc.description"September 2007."en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (leaves 36-37).en_US
dc.description.abstractThe human voice is an important indicator of a person's gender. For male-to-female transgender individuals (or transsexuals) the voice is one of the most difficult parts of the gender transition. Males have larger and heavier vocal apparatuses (larynx and vocal folds), which generally produce a lower sound. Transgender women can have voice surgery, but it can sometimes cause a Minnie Mouse-like falsetto or the complete loss of the voice. As a result, many transgendered women turn to specially trained voice therapists to learn how to speak more convincingly like women. The voice's pitch, although important, is not the only factor in creating a more female sound. Intonation, resonance, volume, speech patterns and formant frequencies also play significant roles in making a realistic feminine sound. There continue to be many unanswered questions about how listeners perceive the voices of transgender women and how best to blend the voices of transwomen into a comfortable range. Transgender women have many hurdles to face as they transition from male to female, and possessing an authentic voice is a way to smooth out the bumpy path they face.en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityby Katharine Stoel Gammon.en_US
dc.format.extent37 leavesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherMassachusetts Institute of Technologyen_US
dc.rightsM.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission.en_US
dc.rights.urihttp://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582en_US
dc.subjectGraduate Program in Science Writing.en_US
dc.titleChanging her tune : how a transsexual woman claims a new identity through voiceen_US
dc.title.alternativeHow a transsexual woman claims a new identity through voiceen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.degreeS.M.in Science Writingen_US
dc.contributor.departmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.en_US
dc.contributor.departmentMIT Program in Writing & Humanistic Studies
dc.identifier.oclc228414050en_US


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