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An acoustic analysis of the cattle call “kulning”,performed outdoors at Säter, Dalarna, Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Neuro and Inflammation Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. CLINTEC, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2208-0630
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Language and Culture. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3734-0757
2015 (English)In: Proceedings from Fonetik 2015. Working Papers 55/2015, 8–10 June 2015, Centre for Languages and Literature, General Linguistics/Phonetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden, Lund, Sweden: Lund University , 2015, 31-34 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper summarizes recent research on ‘kulning’, a surprisingly understudiedSwedish cattle call singing style. In a previous study (Eklund, McAllister & Pehrson, 2013), we compared kulning and head voice (‘falsetto’) as recorded in a normal room and in an anechoic chamber. This paper reports from an analysisof the same “kulning” song recorded outdoors on location in Säter, Dalarna (Sweden), close to the singer’s home, which makes the data more ecologically validand allows comparisons between “clean” indoor recordings and more authentic outdoor recordings. Several recordings were made, but the present article analysesrecordings made simultaneously at 1 meter and 11 meters from the singer. Results indicate that for the vowels [a] and [u] partials in kulning, as compared to head voice, are visible at both higher frequencies and at a longer distance, which provides an acoustic rationale for the development of the singing style, intended to be heard at a long distance.

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Lund, Sweden: Lund University , 2015. 31-34 p.
, Lund University. Department of Linguistics. Working Papers: General Linguistics, Phonetics, ISSN 0280-526X
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123998OAI: diva2:894981
Fonetik 2015, Lund, Sweden, June 8–10, 2015
Available from: 2016-01-18 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2016-02-02Bibliographically approved

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