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Re: musical tones in speech


Do you trust Schoenberg? Well, when he wanted his singers to utter exact
pitches, he wrote notes and when he wanted melodic speech
(="Sprachgesang"), he wrote contours. The two results are unmistakably


At 01:47 PM 5/11/01 -0700, Bruno Repp wrote:

How do you respond to Martin's point (with which I agree) that there
is no hope of obtaining any distribution with discrete peaks from
quasi-continuous F0 contours? Such contours consist in large part of
the transitions between the inflection points that are believed to be
significant in intonation.


Pierre Divenyi, Ph.D.      Speech and Hearing Research (151)
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