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Subject: Tritone paradox
Date:    Wed, 27 Oct 1993 10:49:58 -0400

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

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