David Barry (pappubahry) wrote in linguaphiles,
David Barry
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Regular speech sounding musical

I seem to have lost my ability to Google successfully, so I'm coming here. A week or two ago I read an article (or maybe a blog entry) about how, if you listen to a short excerpt of normal human speech over and over again, it eventually sounds like the person is singing, rather than talking. If you then listen to the original speech, it sounds like the person starts by speaking normally, then bursts into song for the little passage that you heard so many times, before going back to speaking normally.

I can't for the life of me find anything about this on the Internet. Does anyone know where to point me? Thanks!
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    I'd like to ask you what would a French soldier say, after he receives an order, before he goes away. I believe in English it's simply "Yes, sir!"

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