Some initial findings regarding language influence on playing brass instruments (2014)
This paper presents some initial findings regarding the influence of First Language on playing brass instruments. Using ultra- sound imaging of the tongue, vowel production and sustained trombone notes were compared for a New Zealand English and a Tongan speaker. It is suggested that, during trombone play- ing, the tongue shapes used by the Tongan participant pattern with the back vowel /o/ while those used by the New Zealand English player pattern with the centralized KIT vowel (/9/) and schwa (/@/). It is argued that these findings provide preliminary evidence of First Language influence on brass playing.
CitationHeyne, M., Derrick, D. (2014) Some initial findings regarding language influence on playing brass instruments. Christchurch, New Zealand: 15th Australasian Speech Science and Technology Conference (SST 2014), 3-5 Dec 2014. 180-183.
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Keywordslaboratory phonology; phonetics; phonetics of music; ultrasound imaging of the tongue (UTI)
ANZSRC Fields of Research47 - Language, communication and culture::4704 - Linguistics::470410 - Phonetics and speech science
19 - Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing::1904 - Performing Arts and Creative Writing::190407 - Music Performance
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