A case study of successful voice imitation

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Our voices and speech behaviour give cues to the listener as to our identity. These cues make it possible for the listener to recognise a voice without seeing the speaker. A professional impersonator has to identify the salient and characteristic features of the target voice in order to succeed. The present phonetic study of a Swedish professional impersonator and one of his voice imitations compares the target voice, the voice imitation and the impersonator's own voice. The findings indicate that a successful impersonation is the result of the impersonator's ability to alter his voice in numerous ways.


  • Elisabeth Zetterholm
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  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • Voice Imitation, Target Voice, Speech Behaviour, Characteristic Features, Speaker Identification
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-83
JournalLogopedics Phoniatrics Vocology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch