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Re: Tone Deafness
- To: Multiple recipients of list AUDITORY <AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: Tone Deafness
- From: Lonce LaMar Wyse <lwyse@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 09:28:55 +0800
- In-reply-to: <9512052238.AA19137@iss.nus.sg> (message from Malcolm Slaney on Tue, 5 Dec 1995 14:23:50 -0800)
- Reply-to: Lonce LaMar Wyse <lwyse@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Sender: Research in auditory perception <AUDITORY@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> How do you whisper a tone language? Or for that matter, how do you
> whisper a question?
This is an interesting question (well, not so much to native tonal
language speakers who just do it all the time, but to the rest of us)!
In Chinese, at least, you convey the information spectrally. Try it at
home! : Sing "ah" in a whisper and add "frequency modulation". I
suspect that this spectral info is present and used for voiced speech
perception as well.