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Title:Singing the individual: name tunes in Oyda and Yopno
Authors:Amha, AzebISNI
Slotta, James
Sarvasy, Hannah S.
Year:2021
Periodical:Frontiers in Psychology (ISSN 1664-1078)
Volume:12
Language:English
Geographic terms:Ethiopia
Papua New Guinea
Subjects:music
names
linguistics
External link:https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.667599
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 14 s melodies that can be sung or whistled to hail or to identify for other purposes.
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