15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


Gestalt Psychology Meets Phonetics - An Early Experimental Study of Intrinsic F0 and Intensity

Bernd Möbius

Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Many studies based on instrumental techniques have been carried out since the 1960's to investigate vowel-intrinsic fundamental frequency, intensity and duration. However, the first systematic work on the inherent fundamental frequency and intensity of vowels - in fact, of consonants too - appears to have been performed as a series of perception experiments during the years 1913-1915 by the German experimental psychologist Hans Ruederer; it was published in his doctoral dissertation (Munich, 1916). The results of his perception experiments are compatible with those obtained by instrumental phonetics, and generally far precede them.

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Bibliographic reference.  Möbius, Bernd (2003): "Gestalt psychology meets phonetics - an early experimental study of intrinsic F0 and intensity", In ICPhS-15, 2677-2680.