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It is just your biases. Wikipedia files are strongly different. But there are both female voices on a Polish site, that substitute [s̠] and [sʲ] (with more lax, more sibilant pronunciation than a plain [sʲ]) in inlaut and auslaut positions (proşie, wieś) for [ɕ]. So situation is opposite to your vision: not males, but females more often use another ...


I agree, and I always recommend authoritative samples. The IPA has a page with acknowledged masters of IPA standards – John Esling, John Wells, Jill House and Peter Ladefoged, and you should use those as reference values. This seems to be a feature of many of that person's performances, not a definitional or intrinsic property of the vowels themselves.


This article on Georgian phonetics suggests that there is no definite answer, because the phonetic realization varies contextually including according to speaker. Listening to two speakers of Georgian pronouncing the letter ღ=γ, the male speaker uses a uvular and the female uses a posterior velar. Also compare ხ=x where the same female speaker uses a ...

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