Singing in a dialect and "Authentic pronunciation" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill AMRDEC Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Tue Oct 5 14:33:16 UTC 2010

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> IMHO, if singers lose accents in songs, and I think they do, then it
> toward the great amount of tonality in accents that we are not aware
> because the singing takes the tonality out from native speech and
overrides it
> with the notes of the song.

Isn't this [singing takes the tonality . . .]  only one of many possible
explanations for why singers may lose accents in songs?  For example,
Mel Tillis stutters while he speaks, but sings without stutter.  I doubt
the tonality has anything to do with this.  But whatever process makes
him not stutter while singing may also make accented singers sing more
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