Tonal language background and detecting pitch contour in spoken and musical items

  title={Tonal language background and detecting pitch contour in spoken and musical items},
  author={C. Stevens and P. Keller and M. D. Tyler},
  journal={Psychology of Music},
  pages={59 - 74}
  • C. Stevens, P. Keller, M. D. Tyler
  • Published 2013
  • Psychology
  • Psychology of Music
  • An experiment investigated the effect of tonal language background on discrimination of pitch contour in short spoken and musical items. It was hypothesized that extensive exposure to a tonal language attunes perception of pitch contour. Accuracy and reaction times of adult participants from tonal (Thai) and non-tonal (Australian English) language backgrounds were recorded as they discriminated intact and low-pass filtered Thai and English items that differed in rising/falling contour (speech… CONTINUE READING
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