The Speech-To-Song Illusion Revisited.

Falk, Simone and Rathcke, Tamara V (2011) The Speech-To-Song Illusion Revisited. In: Debowska-Kozłowska, Kamila and Dziubalska-Kołaczyk, Katarzyna, eds. On Words and Sounds. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Cambridge, pp. 1-26. ISBN 1-4438-3161-1. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The present study investigates the boundaries of speech and song from an acoustic-perceptual perspective. Using the speech-to-song illusion as a method, we tested rhythmic and tonal hypotheses in order to find out whether acoustic characteristics can cue the perceptual classification of a sentence by German listeners as sung or spoken. First, our results show that, despite individual differences, the speech-to-song illusion is a robust perceptual phenomenon comparable to those known in visual perception. Second, the experiment revealed that acoustic parameters – especially tonal structure – facilitate the perceptual shift from speech to song pointing to an acoustically guided decoding strategy for speech- vs. song-like signals.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Tamara Rathcke
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2014 13:49 UTC
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2015 17:05 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42797 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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