Is there a general motor basis for final lengthening?

Alice Turk, S Shattuck-Hufnagel

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Phrase-final lengthening is a proposed speech
universal, also found in music performance, and is
reported in animal communication, e.g. birdsong.
In this paper, we ask whether there is a general
motor basis for these behaviors.
We recorded the finger movements of five
participants as they traced groups of zigzags on
paper. Results show that participants reliably
signalled groupings by pausing or finger lifting
between groups, but did not slow down their
group-final movements. Some participants (but
not all) showed slower group initial movements.
These results suggest that we may need to look
elsewhere for an explanation for the temporal
prolongation of final movements observed in
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS) - SECC, Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015


Conference18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS)
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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