Speaking whilst breathing-in (not restricted to ventriloquists)

Humans mostly tend to ‘breathe out’ whilst speaking (or making other vocalisations). Mostly but not exclusively. So-called Ingressive Speech is quite prevalent worldwide – and not just amongst ventriloquists. Take for example, a Scottish male saying “Aye aye I ken” (“Yes, yes I know”). [.wav audio file here] http://www.ida.liu.se/~robek28/audio/ingressive-Eklund_JIPA_2008_Fig_7b_ingr-aye_egr-aye-i-ken_male.wav Robert Eklund, who is Associate Professor […]

Animal noises: The Animal Sound Archive

Dr. Gustav Peters of the Zoologisches Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig (ZFMK), Bonn, Germany, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on purring. Not only the purring of cats (Felidae) but also of the Viverridae (genets, binturongs, civets, and linsangs etc.) He has published extensively on the subject – for example see: Purring and similar vocalizations in […]