Date: Mon, 12 Feb 1996 20:23:12 -0600 From: Samuel Jones Subject: Re: Segmentals, Suprasegmentals, & Xylophones (Huh? Howzat?)) To: Thomas L. Clark Your question has not been forgotten, nor is it being ignored. Your inquiry is, to say the least, intriguing, and it piques my curiosity. I reckon I ought to sit a spell and think on it before attempting to reach a conclusion or two about any possibly-relevant similarities between 1) musical harmonics (the mathematical building blocks of all musical tones except "pure" tone generator sounds), along with musical tones' 2) amplitude or volume, duration, timbre or quality, and pitch, AND those aspects of speech involving more than just individual vowels or consonants (i.e.,SEGMENTALS), which are called SUPRASEGMENTALS, whose main characteristics are accent or stress, length, even juncture**, plus tone/pitch, and intonation, or the pattern of "pitch changes" that occurs in a sentence,such as Eliza Doolittle's line, "How NICE of You to Let me Come." (** JUNCTURE can mean either the mode of relationship or the manner of transition between two consecutive speech sounds.) As I re-read the above paragraph, which I am not altogether certain makes complete sense, even to me, I realize that the answer to your question may be far more complex and involved than I at first thought. Nonetheless, "Hope is but a word, but of all words, the only sentinel of permanence!" Research and investigating a challenge is a lot like peeling an onion - one takes off layer after layer of the problem, shedding a lot of tears in the process; and, at the end there is nothing left - but one is still shedding tears. smj ____________________________________________________________________________ DR. SAMUEL M. JONES INTERNET: smjones1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Prof. of Music & Latin American Studies TELNET: samjones[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 5434 Humanities Building FAX: 608 + 262-8876 (UW) 455 North Park Street __________________________________________ University of Wisconsin-Madison TELEPHONES: 608 + 263-1900 (UW-Lv. message) Madison, WI 53706-1483 * 608 + 263-1924 * (UW-Office - * VOICE MAIL--Lv message) ____________________________________________________________________________ "Pen-y-Bryn" TELEPHONES: 608 + 233-2150 (Home) 122 Shepard Terrace 608 + 233-4748 (Home) Madison, WI 53705-3614 ____________________________________________________________________________