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Re: Tone Deafness

At 4:45 PM 12/5/95, Rebecca Mercuri wrote:
>Is anyone REALLY tone deaf? For example in countries like China with
>zillions of people, and where tone is an important part of the language,
>are people there unable to communicate because they are tone deaf?

How do you whisper a tone language?  Or for that matter, how do you whisper
a question?

There are other clues (formant frequencies?) that might help.  Perhaps tone
deaf people can still tell relative directions, but not intervals?  I'll
have to check out Dan's references.

-- Malcolm