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speech; intonation; music

Speech, Song and the Minor Third; Jeremy Day-O'Connell, Ph.D.

Wed, 2013-10-30 15:30 - 17:00
Rabinovitch House : Room 101, 3640 rue de la Montagne Montreal Quebec Canada , H3G 2A8

This paper reports on the first laboratory study of an idiosyncratic linguistic phenomenon: the “stylized interjection,” which is most recognizable to English speakers in the vocative expression, “Yoo-hoo!”  The stylized interjection, as described throughout the musicological and linguistic literature, is associated with a particular intonational formula--the “calling contour”--and intriguingly, with a purportedly cross-cultural musical fingerprint: the interval of the minor third.  A reading task was used to systematically compare the stylized interjection to four other linguisti

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