Are there cognititive rhythms in speech? A reply to Power

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Power (1983) has contested the claim that there are "cognitive rhythms" in speech. Cognitive rhythms are supposed to be rhythmic patterns discernible in graphs representing changes in the amount of pausing and phonation in speech. Power based his conclusions on a study of one-minute monologues, some of which involved secondary cognitive tasks. It is argued that Power's samples are highly unnatural and extremely restrictive and allow few general conclusions. Some of Power's misinterpretations of the previous literature on this topic are also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193 - 195
JournalLanguage and Speech
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 1984


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