falling minor thirds ("R. Parncutt" )

Subject: falling minor thirds
From:    "R. Parncutt"  <psa03(at)CC.KEELE.AC.UK>
Date:    Fri, 8 Sep 1995 11:10:44 +0100

I am forwarding the following request on behalf of Jay Rahn <RELATION(at)VM1.YorkU.CA>: >Are there studies providing Hz or cents quantifications of "intervals" in >speech intonation (incl., possibly, tone languages)? and specifically, have >any of these revealed a propensity for descents of ca. 300 cents within or >between individual syllables? This issue is related to all that sports chanting business that was bouncing around a while back. But it has broader musical implications -- for example, children's songs from around the world seem to include lots of falling minor thirds. Richard Parncutt Dept of Psychology, Keele University, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK E-mail: r.parncutt(at)keele.ac.uk Tel: 01782 583392; Tel/fax: + 44 1782 583387

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