Alexsandro R. Meireles

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This paper discusses new inventive methodologies for the classification of speech rhythms. Moreover, it sheds new light in the search for isochrony in speech by showing that fast rates exacerbates the timing characteristics of rhythms, i.e., syllableand/or stress-timing properties are more easily perceived at these rates. This finding is supported by an(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between radiographic geometric measurements (abductor lever arm and abductor muscle length) and abductor muscle function in osteoarthritic hip joint patients after surgery. Thirteen patients (11 males and 2 females, aged 55 to 74 years old) were evaluated at least 6 months after unilateral total hip(More)
We investigated the efficacy of danazol treatment in eight patients with HTLV-1 associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis (HAM/TSP). Treatment with danazol yielded clinical improvement of urinary control and gait disturbances in 7 out of the 8 patients. The improvement was noted within 15 days of danazol administration. Analysis of factors of(More)
This paper analyzes the speech rhythm of three Brazilian Portuguese dialects under the light of a coupled oscillator approach to rhythm typology. The data showed a scale from a less stress-timed to a more stressed-timed dialect as follows: Minas Gerais state (coupling strength = 1.83, speech rate = 6.3) > São Paulo state (1.66, 6.6) > Bahia state (1.26,(More)
This acoustic study investigates speech rhythmic restructurings due to speech rate increase in Brazilian Portuguese. Rhythmic restructuring is considered here as the reorganization of stress groups due to speech rate increase. The Dynamical Speech Rhythm model was used as a theoretical background for the acoustic analyses. Main results have shown that(More)
Recent studies of tropical spastic paraparesis have confirmed the existence of human T-cell leukemia virus type-1 (HTLV-I) in several tropical areas of the world. In order to determine the role of HTLV-I as an etiologic agent of myelopathies in Salvador, we conducted a clinical and serological study in 43 patients with non-traumatic and non-tumoral(More)
This study uses musical notation to describe speech prosody in connected speech in Brazilian Portuguese and Mexican Spanish, using English as a comparison where needed. Through this research we establish the basis on which to expand our future work on speech prosody, from methodology to data collection and analyses, and then make initial observations(More)
Musical Speech is a new methodology for transcribing speech prosody using musical notation. The methodology presented in this paper is an updated version of our work [12]. Our work is situated in a historical context with a brief survey of the literature of speech melodies, in which we highlight the pioneering works of John Steele, Leoš Janáček, Engelbert(More)