A nasal voice
is a type of speaking voice characterized by speech with a "nasal" quality to it. It can also occur naturally because of genetic variation. In vocal context, the opposite of nasal
Nasal speech can be divided into hypo-nasal or hyper-nasal.
- Hypo-nasal speech is when there is a lack of appropriate nasal airflow during speech resulting in speech much as if someone has a bad cold.
Causes of hypo-nasal speech include anything that causes nasal obstruction including, but not limited to:
Hyper-nasal speech is inappropriate increased airflow through the nose during speech, especially with plosives
that begin with a consonant
Examples of hyper-nasal speech include cleft palate and velopharyngeal insufficiency.
People described as having nasal voices