Finding meaning in 'Rick and Morty,' one burp at a time

phys.org | 8/6/2018 | Staff
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One of the first things new viewers of the cartoon "Rick and Morty" might notice about Rick Sanchez is his penchant for punctuating his speech with burps. Linguistics can provide a new way to read into the dimension-hopping grandfather's midsentence belching.

Researcher Brooke Kidner has analyzed the frequency and acoustics of belching while speaking. By zeroing in on the specific pitches and sound qualities of a midspeech burp in "Rick and Morty," the work takes aim at finding what latent linguistic meaning might be found in the little-studied gastrointestinal grumbles.

Attempts - Characteristics - Years - Kidner

"There has not been any serious attempts to acoustically or phonetically describe the characteristics of belching in over 60 years," Kidner said.

Kidner will present her findings at the 178th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, which will be held Dec. 2-6, at the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.

Human - Speech - Soundscape - Words - Groans

Human speech contains a wide soundscape of nontraditional words, such groans and gasps, that still convey meaning and make up what is called a paralanguage. Belching during speech is a relatively less...
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