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Evidence for attractors in English intonation

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Although the pitch of the human voice is continuously variable, some linguists contend that intonation in speech is restricted to a small, limited set of patterns. This claim is tested by asking subjects to mimic a block of 100 randomly generated intonation contours and then to imitate themselves in several successive sessions. The produced f0 contours gradually converge towards a limited set of distinct, previously recognized basic English intonation patterns. These patterns are "attractors"...

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Published
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10.1121/1.2195267

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Linguistics & Phonetics - Phonetics
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Linguistics & Phonetics - Phonetics
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Linguistics & Phonetics - Phonetics
More by this author
Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Humanities Division - Linguistics & Phonetics - Phonetics
Publisher:
Acoustical Society of America Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America Journal website
Volume:
119
Issue:
6
Pages:
4006-4015
Publication date:
2006-06-05
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ISSN:
0091-4966
URN:
uuid:054790ca-08eb-4365-af4b-79748fab1fd9
Local pid:
ora:1505
Language:
English
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