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Reply to Pierre Divenyi and Sheila Williams:
There is a misunderstanding here: The only speech property that is
thought to be relevant to the tritone paradox is the PITCH of the
speaking voice; this has little to do with the mutual intelligibility of
different language communities. Unfortunately, there is little systematic
information in the literature on differences in pitch range and (large-scale
statistical) differences in intonation across languages and dialects.
In any case, my question to the AUDITORY community was whether there
might be any OTHER explanations for the national difference in the tritone
paradox, or whether there are any OTHER findings in the literature that
suggest national or regional differences in pitch perception.
Bruno H. Repp