February 19, 2014
I don't have a very good ear, so I may be getting this all wrong, but my impression (reinforced by listening to interviews with Slovenian lady skier Tina Maze) is that when Slavic speakers speak English, they tend to speak with deep voices. (I suspect that's also true for Middle Eastern languages to the south of the Slavic belt, as well.)
Russian choral music, such as the Russian national anthem sung by the Red Army Choir above, tends to emphasize deep male voices. (This martial chorus style has become quite common on Hollywood blockbuster soundtracks over the last quarter of a century.) By the way, the Russians have kept the dignified melody, the composition of which Stalin carefully oversaw, and changed the words.
So, assuming I'm not just hearing things, nature or nurture? For example, if you learn to speak a Slavic language, do they tell you to deepen your pitch? Or do you just pick it up? Or do people from that part of the world just have naturally deeper voices on average?
By Steve Sailer on 2/19/2014