Wagner's 'difficult' reputation unwarranted says research
The composer Richard Wagner is well-known, even notorious, for writing operas that can challenge both performers and listeners. A new study published in the Journal of the Acoustic Society of America reveal ...
Anne likes Alex but not Bob: what your name really says about you
Imagine you're on a spaceship with engine trouble. Your captain knows she must land the ship for repairs. The navigator identifies two viable planets that could do the job. Little is known of either, other ...
Banded mongooses structure monosyllabic sounds in a similar way to humans
Animals are more eloquent than previously assumed. Even the monosyllabic call of the banded mongoose is structured and thus comparable with the vowel and consonant system of human speech. Behavioral biologists ...
In search of the key word: Bursts of certain words within a text are what make them keywords
Human beings have the ability to convert complex phenomena into a one-dimensional sequence of letters and put it down in writing. In this process, keywords serve to convey the content of the text. How letters ...
'Duet of 1' possible with hand-controlled voice synthesizer
New technology at the University of British Columbia makes it possible for a person to speak or sing just by using their hands to control a speech synthesizer.
Study: Word sounds contain clues for language learners
(PhysOrg.com) -- Why do words sound the way they do? For over a century, it has been a central tenet of linguistic theory that there is a completely arbitrary relationship between how a word sounds and what it means.
Why some voices sound more attractive
Some people's voices seem to have been made for the radio. Others grate on our nerves.
Changing sounds are key to understanding speech
(PhysOrg.com) -- On the printed page, c*ns*n*nts m*tt*r m*r* th*n v*w*ls.
'Coffee Talk' Disappearing In Native New Yorkers
In the early 1990s, comedian Mike Myers regularly dressed up in a giant wig, gaudy fake nails and gigantic sunglasses to become Linda Richman -- a stereotypical New Yorker who had fits of feeling "verklempt" ...
Computer science students help singers learn their vowels (w/ Video)
Voice students who want to perfect how they sing their vowels could get help from a new simple, free application developed by a group of University of Rochester students who developed it as part of their Human-Computer Interaction ...
Beckhams 'getting posher'
(Phys.org) —David and Victoria Beckham have changed the way they speak to sound less working class, according to a study by University of Manchester linguistics students.
April Fools: YouTube shut down, Google adds smells
Twitter is doing away with vowels, Google has a "smell button" and the cast of "Wings" is launching a Kickstarter campaign.
Study shows quick way to tune your vocal cords for Christmas caroling
Looking for a few quick tips to help you better belt out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer during this years Christmas caroling? BYU music professor Arden Hopkin has just the thing for you.
Disappearing vowels 'caught' on tape in US midwest
Try to pronounce the words "caught" and "cot." If you're a New Yorker by birth, the two words will sound as different as their spellings. But if you grew up in California, you probably pronounce them identically.