Date of Award
Master of Arts
Miriam van Mersbergen
Individuals who engage in larger amounts of voice use have greater vocal loads, which may contribute to the development of benign vocal fold lesions (BVFL). The Personality traits of extroversion and talkativeness has been a predominant theory about increased vocal load in those with BVFL. Ambulatory monitoring has verified increased vocal use in those with BVFL, adding intensity and fundamental frequency to describe vocal load. Three vocally healthy women and three women with BVFL provided conversation and narrative language samples that underwent language analysis. Descriptive analyses of language samples revealed those with BVFL used up to twice as many words in conversation compared to healthy controls. Those with BVFL also presented with more determiners, whereas healthy controls used more adverbs during conversation language samples. Findings suggest that those with BVFL do indeed use more words to communicate and addressing aspects of communication style may be important in reducing vocal load.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest
Powell, Samantha, "Do Individuals with Benign Vocal Fold Lesions Have Increased Vocal Load Due to Nuanced Differences in Language Use?" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 3029.