Reiterant speech

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For the study of the prosody of an utterance, intrinsic characteristics and co-intrinsic characteristics of this utterance must be distinguished from the prosodic characteristics. The use of reiterant speech makes it possible to abstract away from (co-) intrinsic characteristics. Instead of uttering a sentence like "John gave Mary a book", the speaker replaces each syllable by the syllable "ma", yielding "MA ma MAma ma MA".

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