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Subject: Physical Properties of a Voice
Question: What properties should a sound have in order to be considered as a
linguistic signal by the brain?

Reply: It all depends on the listening brain. Have a look (and a listen) at what Miriam Makeba says in her presentation of “The Click Song”, about how the sounds of a language are heard differently by different listeners: “... it isn’t a noise, it’s my language”:
<a href='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2nG48r-6s&NR=1' target='_blank'>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF2nG48r-6s&NR=1</a>;


Reply From: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira      click here to access email
Date: 24-Jul-2012
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  1. Re: Physical Properties of a Voice    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (25-Jul-2012)

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