chapter  8
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Self-Assertion, Sex Role, and Vocal Rasp

CANTOMETRICS began with the hypothesis that song styles, whatever else their cultural function, provide a clear reflection of the personal perspective in societies-the ways in which people assert their presence, relate to one an­ other, and express some of their most broadly shared anxieties. A corollary to this general proposition is that the most important differentials in sex role will also be expressed in singing behavior. The evidence thus far ad­ duced supports both the major hypothesis and the corollary.