In learning about the IPA consonants, a big distinction is between voiced and unvoiced consonants.
When whispering however, we use no voice (I think). Yet, I feel like I can still hear these voiced sounds:
d b m n l r z
As well as the vowels. That is, we are able to whisper in English no problem.
Wondering what "voiced" means in this context. Because my vocal chords aren't vibrating. Wondering if what I'm hearing in a whisper is more based on my memory of words rather than on the actual sounds. For example, when one whispers
very, I don't hear
fairy, but whispering
f is slightly less harsh than the
v so I can hear
fairy. Same with
tear, I can hear the difference. It sounds like the
d "pops" more than the
t, but I'm not sure if this is accounted for.
Wondering also where I can find more information on whispering in terms of linguistics and IPA notation, if there is anything on it.