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Time Will TellA Theory of Dynamic Attending$
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Mari Riess Jones

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618216

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190618216.001.0001

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Melodies of Speech

Melodies of Speech

(p.279) 13 Melodies of Speech
Time Will Tell

Mari Riess Jones

Oxford University Press

The focus in this chapter is on fast speech events. Specifically, it centers upon the melodies of speech created by vocal modulations of micro-driving rhythms associated with a speaker’s fundamental frequency. Briefly, it is about vocal intonation patterns in speech. Theoretically, it concentrates on a listener’s ability to engage pitch tracking (i.e., frequency following) to follow a speaker’s changing vocal pitch. To describe pitch tracking, pitch contrasts arising from vocal modulations are formalized using the important entrainment construct of a detuning curve. This methodology is described in detail. A derivative of this curve is the isolation of pitch accents as extreme pitch contrasts. The remainder of this chapter focuses on the role of pitch accents in outlining slower macro-rhythms of intonation that invite either traditional mode-locking (hence global attractors) or transient mode-locking (hence attractor profiles).

Keywords:   fundamental frequency, detuning curve, pitch tracking, pitch contrast, intonation curves

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