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date: 15 July 2019

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The study of voice and voice quality has long been characterized by segregation across disciplinary lines, with little interchange of data or ideas between scholars who do not share the same research focus. Recent efforts have begun to merge traditions in the voice science community (for example, by examining the perceptual effects of changes in one or more aspects of voice production). However, studies by scientists of the manner in which humans produce and perceive voice quality remain nearly unintelligible to humanists examining issues of social, cultural, aesthetic, and political messages conveyed by the same phenomena, and vice versa. This chapter attempts to provide a preliminary foundation to support dialogues and promote mutual understanding between these two groups of scholars. The author’s intent is to show where these different scholarly traditions overlap, where they abut, and where they differ, with the goal of elucidating how these bodies of work might eventually combine as parts of a single discipline of voice studies.

Keywords: collaboration, curriculum, humanities, interdisciplinarity, pedagogy, social sciences, transdisciplinarity, voice, voice science, voice studies

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