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I had a handful of French teachers over the years, most of whom were female.
The one who "stuck", though, who had the most effect on me, was male. And
when I think of stereotypically-spoken French, I think of the pitch
lowering, especially toward the end of the sentence.

On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:25 PM, Sam Stutter <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Was your French teacher male? Mine was and I tend to lower my pitch when
> speaking French too. That and most of the French imported into British
> popular consciousness is either male (Ce n'est pas "cider". C'est "le
> cidre") or "Les Engrenages" (with the husky voiced Audrey Fleurot and
> Philippe Duclos). I learnt Spanish from my two cousins (both female) and I
> reckon my pitch is raised. I could probably cite a few more examples for
> languages I initially picked up from speakers in which gender possibly
> influenced my pitch.
>
> If (!) the theory holds true, perhaps conlang pitch is related to whom we
> initially imagine speaking the language we develop. I know I always saw (the
> sadly departed) Johanna Sällström speaking Nauspayr and Francesco da Mosto
> speaking Caccigga...
>
> Also, today saw an English woman, Argentinian woman and an American woman
> (roughly all the same age) all witnessing paragliders:
>
> "Oh, wow. Paragliders!" vs. "Mira allí: paraplaneadores!" vs. "OH. MY.
> GAHRD!". It must be cultural. If it isn't, Britain only attracts mental
> American tourists, which I doubt.
>
> On 1 Sep 2011, at 17:22, Fausto Chikko wrote:
>
> > My voice usually goes down when speaking French, but it can swing about
> > wildly when I'm excited or otherwise speaking emphatically.
> >
> > On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:06 AM, Dale McCreery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> >>
> >> I was watching some advertising during a recent trip and noticed that a
> >> stereotypical American female voice is considerably higher than a
> Canadian
> >> one - the advertisers were exploiting that to appeal to an American
> >> audience (in a tourism video).  I then started thinking about school,
> and
> >> realized that a bunch of my female friends, whom in my mind I’d
> classified
> >> as "sweet", were actually all raised in the states and what i took for
> an
> >> incredibly annoying affectation was just a normal speaking register for
> >> women.  This realization has allowed me to think of them as intelligent
> >> individuals again!
> >>
> >> -muskwatch
> >>
> >>> Padraic Brown wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Interesting. I've noticed that mine goes up a bit when I talk
> Philipine
> >>>> languages. And gets quieter a bit.
> >>>
> >>> Adam Walker wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> I think mine does that when speaking Indonesian.
> >>>
> >>> I believe Bahasa is related to the Philippine languages.
> >>>
> >>> Yuri
> >>>
> >>
>