Geometry of the human vocal folds strongly influences their oscillatory motion. While the effect of intraglottal geometry on phonation has been widely investigated, the study of the geometry of the inferior surface of the vocal folds has been limited. In this study the way in which the inferior vocal fold surface angle affects vocal fold vibration was explored using a two-dimensional, self-oscillating finite element vocal fold model. The geometry was parameterized to create models with five different inferior surface angles. Four of the five models exhibited self-sustained oscillations. Comparisons of model motion showed increased vertical displacement and decreased glottal width amplitude with decreasing inferior surface angle. In addition, glottal width and air flow rate waveforms changed as the inferior surface angle was varied. Structural, rather than aerodynamic, effects are shown to be the cause of the changes in model response as the inferior surface angle was varied. Supporting data including glottal pressure distribution, average intraglottal pressure, energy transfer, and flow separation point locations are discussed, and suggestions for future research are given.