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PROSODIC RISE AND RISE-FALL CONTOURS AND MUSICAL RISING TWO-TONE PATTERNS

Abstract

A series of musical rising two-tone patterns com-prising 13 intervals, from unison to octave, is compared with two German nuclear accents, rise and rise-fall, both on disyllabic utterances with upbeat-downbeat structure. The two-tone patterns are viewed as potential musical representatives of the prosodic contours. However, because of rhythmic constraints they can only cover part of the prosodic contour information. Two ABX tests were carried out to examine whether the loss of contour information in the two-tone patterns is compensated for with other musical features. Re-sults show that large and dissonant intervals are more likely assigned to the rise contour. Moreover, the rise is judged closer to the rising fifth (a I-V progression) and the rise-fall closer to the rising fourth (a V-I progression). This means that the relation between speech melody and musical melody is not restricted to melodic contour but includes aspects that are usually treated as exclu-sively musical. Thus, the loss of contour informa-tion in the musical patterns should not be inter-preted in terms of contour truncation but in terms of a feature replacement applying to the phrase-final features of melodic patterns

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