An Ethological Perspective on Common Cross-Language Utilization of F₀ of Voice

  title={An Ethological Perspective on Common Cross-Language Utilization of F₀ of Voice},
  author={John J. Ohala},
  pages={1 - 16}
  • J. Ohala
  • Published 1 January 1984
  • Linguistics
  • Phonetica
Abstract The author suggests that the following seemingly disparate phenomena have an underlying relationship: (a) cross-language similarities in the intonation contours for statements versus questions, (b) cross-cultural similarities in the vocal expression via intonation of attitude and affect, (c) cross-language patterns in the use of tone, vowels, and consonants in ‘sound symbolic’ vocabulary, (d) cross-species use of F₀ in threatening or non threatening vocalizations, (e) cross-cultural… 

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