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Pitch, perceived duration and auditory biases: Comparison among languages
University of Helsinki, Finland.
University of Alberta, Canada.
University of Tartu, Estonia.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, Phonetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3824-2980
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2015 (English)In: Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015), London: International Phonetic Association , 2015Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In addition to fundamental frequency height, its movement is also generally assumed to lengthen the perceived duration of syllable-like sounds. The lengthening effect has been observed for some languages (US English, French, SwissGerman, Japanese) but reported to be absent for another (Thai, Latin American Spanish, German). In this work, native speakers of Estonian, Finnish, Mandarin and Swedish performed a two-alternative forced choice duration discrimination experiment with pairs of complex tones varying in several acoustic dimensions. According to a logistic regression analysis, the duration judgements are affected by intensity, f0 level, and f0 movement for all languages, but the strength of these influences varies across languages and a pattern revealed by the relative strengths correlates with phonological properties of the languages. The findings are discussed in the light of current hypotheses of the origin of pitch modulation of perceived duration.

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London: International Phonetic Association , 2015.
, ICPhS Proceedings, ISSN 241-0669
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perceived duration, fundamental frequency, psychoacoustics, hyper-correction, auditory phonetics
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-122477OAI: diva2:866529
The 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2015)
Swedish Research Council, 2014-1072
Available from: 2015-11-03 Created: 2015-11-03 Last updated: 2016-09-07Bibliographically approved

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