Jun 11, 2024 | arts and humanities

About this episode

Since ancient Greek civilization, we have sought to identify what makes some people more effective and persuasive orators than others. Studies have suggested that this might be related to rhythmic patterns in certain speech, but evidence is limited. Dr. Ceccherini-Nelli of the University of Alberta conducted a study with his colleagues to explore this. They looked at the patterns present in political speeches and conducted experiments to determine their effects. More

Original Article Reference

This audio is a summary of ‘Speech Perceptual Periodicities Facilitate Lexical Access and Contextual Emotional Responses’ in the International Journal of English Linguistics.


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