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|Title:||Singing the individual: name tunes in Oyda and Yopno|
Sarvasy, Hannah S.
|Periodical:||Frontiers in Psychology (ISSN 1664-1078)|
Papua New Guinea
|Abstract:||Music beats spoken language in identifying individuals uniquely in two disparate communities. In addition to their given names, which conform to the conventions of their languages, speakers of the Oyda (Ethiopia) and Yopno (Papua New Guinea) languages have 'name tunes,' short 1–4 s melodies that can be sung or whistled to hail or to identify for other purposes.|