Today I learned of Melodic Intonation Therapy. Often after a stroke or other types of aphasia, people are unable to speak. It has been found that the they often still have the ability to sing. sciencemag.org/news/2010/…
Babies pick up accents in the womb. For example, French babies tend to have rising note, while German babies tend to have a falling note. These tones mirror intonation patterns in French and German languages. npr.org/templates/story/s…
There are 10 varieties of Mexican Spanish. Many Mexicans stayed in Texas after its independence from Mexico, and their descendants continue to speak a variety of Spanish known as "Tex-Mex". The intonation of some varieties of Mexican Spanish is influenced by indigenous languages en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
Today I learned of a whistling language "Sylbo" where humans speak up to 5 km distance purely via whistling, mimicking Spanish intonations of words. Sylbo is now only spoken on the Canary island of La Gomera. Sylbo existed pre Spanish settlements; Spaniards adopted it in the 17th century among herdsman/farmers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sil…
Google has applied for a patent for a lie-detecting microphone throat tattoo.. It could create the ultimate hands-free system, programmed to respond to many different audio sources, from specific words to vocal intonation. entrepreneur.com/article/…
The Xhosa language, as well as many other Bantu languages, are tonal, which means that the same words can have different meanings when said with a rising or falling or high or low intonation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xho…
People with damage to their Wernicke's area can speak with normal grammar, syntax, rate, intonation, and stress, but they are unable to understand language in its written or spoken form. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wer…
When suffering from a type of short term memory loss, people use the exact same phrases over and over again, down to the gestures and intonation en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
During the 2008 presidential inauguration, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and crew were playing with a pre-recorded tape of their performance, worrying that the cold weather would ruin their instruments or cause intonation problems. npr.org/templates/story/s…
In 1953 a worldwide agreement was made based on an idea by the Rockefeller Foundation to change the frequency of music. They changed it from its natural harmonic resonance of 432hz to the less natural 440hz. (audio examples in article) globalnews.ca/news/419410…
In 1953, televangelist Fulton Sheen substituted the names of Soviet leaders in a reading of the burial scene from Julius Caesar, then intoned "Stalin must one day meet his judgement." That week, Stalin had a stroke and died. snopes.com/radiotv/tv/she…
Chinese Pidgin English. Used for 200 years in Chinese ports, the language mix Chinese syntax and English words creating a grammar like: "Chinese man very great rogue truly, but have fashion, no can help". Some expressions were introduced back into English: "Long time no see"; "No money no talk". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Michael Keaton worked as a stage hand on Mister Rogers operating the Picture Picture segment. Occasionally when Rogers would slide open the compartment, Keaton would intone: "I'm ready to hear your confession, my son." rotten.com/library/bio/mi…
Surfing was a sport in ancient Polynesia that was first observed by Europeans during Captain Cook’s voyage to Hawaii in 1788. surfingforlife.com/histor…
In Thailand, a common greeting people use is "where are you going?" or "where have you been?" as well as "have you eaten yet?" and "how are you?" thingsasian.com/story/10-…
Chinese bishops use a violet hat instead of green hat like the rest of the world because in China green hats are associated with infidelity and used as a symbol for a cuckold. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Young women tend to be at the cutting edge of linguistic innovation theatlantic.com/sexes/arc…
There are over 300 languages spoken in London schools. standard.co.uk/news/270-n…
Eddie Van Halen holds a patent that turns a guitar or other stringed instrument into a piano loweringthebar.net/2010/0…

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