Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Mary Scovel

Second Advisor

Brian L. Wilson

Third Advisor

Dr. Molly Vass

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The purpose of this study was to see if differences exist in Taiwanese students when speaking in their native Chinese language as compared to a secondary language (English) using voice analysis. Not only was the study intended to compare pitches and octaves of 2 languages, but it also hoped to identify the possible factors that influenced the voices of 2 languages.

Fifty Chinese students were randomly selected from a population of 84 Chinese students who were from Taiwan, had established residence in the USA for at least 6 months, and were enrolled in WMU with TOEFL score of at least 450. The chromatic tuner and a microphone were used to measure subjects' voices for pitches and octaves. Data were compared between speaking in Chinese and in English.

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