I'm a native German speaker. I myself and friends have noticed, that when I speak in English, my voice becomes lower (deeper) and if I speak in Finnish, even lower than in English. If I concentrate I can change it back to a higher pitch, but subconciously I fall back to lower pitch levels. Is there a reason for that?

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    Everyone speaks about three octaves lower in Finnish than in other languages, so that one makes sense. Aug 12 '20 at 12:07
  • A former colleague used to speak in a lower pitch in English than in her native German, but in a higher pitch in French. Since she would switch languages mid-sentence, this was very helpful to listeners to signal which she was using, and perhaps to her too.
    – Henry
    Aug 13 '20 at 8:18
  • Just for fun we checked, and my French is also in a higher pitch. Aug 13 '20 at 10:57
  • I suspect more velarization and dark vowels? Aug 14 '20 at 10:15

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