Prosodic alignments in shadowed singing of familiar and novel music

Eran Raveh, Maya Twig, Bernd Möbius, Oded Zehavi

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This paper presents a study comprising two singing shadowing tasks focusing on prosodic features of music. The first experiment investigated alignment effects in a song known to the participants. They sang the song before and after listening to a recorded version of it. The second experiment tested which prosodic elements are best preserved in replications of an unfamiliar song. Methods used in phonetic accommodation studies were adapted and used to measure the effects. Results show that convergence occurs in singing, but not in the same manner across all tested features. Additionally, participants preserved rhythmic patterns better than the tonal contour in the unfamiliar music piece.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)606-610
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the International Conference on Speech Prosody
StatePublished - 2020
Event10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020 - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: 25 May 202028 May 2020

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We would like to express our special thanks to the composer Na’ama Tamir Kaplan for preparing and recording the stimuli used in this work and for her helpful ideas and input. This research was funded in part by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under grants MO 597/6 and STE 2363/1.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 International Speech Communications Association. All rights reserved.


  • Music and speech
  • Prosodic alignment
  • Shadowing experiment
  • Vocal accommodation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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