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How College Girls Talk

A curious vocal pattern has crept into the speech of young adult women who speak American English: low, creaky vibrations, also called vocal fry. Pop singers, such as Britney Spears, slip vocal fry into their music as a way to reach low notes and add style. Now, a new study of young women in New York state shows that the same guttural vibration — once considered a speech disorder — has become a language fad.

Uh oh! The good news, though, is that “The chances of it leading to vocal damage are very minimal.” It goes like this.



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