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

@inproceedings{Stevens2013TonalLB,
  title={Tonal language background and detecting pitch contour in spoken and musical items},
  author={Catherine J. Stevens and Peter E. Keller and Michael D. Tyler},
  year={2013}
}
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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