Is Birdsong More Like Speech or Music?

  • Shannon R
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Abstract

Music and speech share many acoustic cues but not all are equally important. For example, harmonic pitch is essential for music but not for speech. When birds communicate is their song more like speech or music? A new study contrasting pitch and spectral patterns shows that birds perceive their song more like humans perceive speech.

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  • Harmonic pitch
  • Music
  • Spectral envelope
  • Speech
  • Temporal envelope

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  • Robert V. Shannon

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