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date: 22 February 2020

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Reviewing hundreds of years of history, this chapter details the development of means of visualizing the larynx and the vocal folds, and explores how these technologies influenced theories of voice production. Key investigators in vocal physiology are discussed, and their contributions put into context with modern understandings of voice production. These leaders helped bring about the growth of the field of laryngology, which occurred in parallel with improvements in laryngeal imaging. The chapter tracks these developments, starting with Garcia’s laryngeal mirror, then continues through the rest of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among the innovations described are the use of stroboscopy to study the opening and closing vibratory pattern in different vocal registers; the development and application in Groningen of videokymography to examine fast and irregular vibratory events; and the development of VoceVista, a non-invasive tool which combines electroglottography with acoustical information on the sung production.

Keywords: laryngology, laryngeal imaging, stroboscopy, videokymography, vocal registers

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