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What does this clip say
Posted: 16 May 2018 01:23 AM   [ Ignore ]
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There is a sound clip in this article and there are arguments about what the clip is saying. Unfortunately the reader is primed by two possibilities.
https://www.businessinsider.com.au/yanny-or-laurel-recording-causes-arguments-2018-5

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Posted: 16 May 2018 02:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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You beat me to it,OP. I’m mystified as to how anyone can be hearing the plant.

Edit: snafu. I should have written ‘how anyone cannot be hearing the plant’.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 03:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Well, I’m hearing the plant.
I played it to other members of the family, without “priming” them at all or showing them the screen. My young son heard “yummy” or “yanny”. My daughter, who is an adult, heard “jelly” or “yelly”. My wife first heard “moron” but that was in a noisy environment: on subsequent hearings she heard “laurel”.

Note that I’m not hearing “laurel” as it spoken in my own dialect /ˈlɒɹ.əl/. I’m hearing it in an American accent, /ˈlɔɹ.əl/.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 03:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Sorry, screwed up the post. I meant the exact opposite, ie I’m mystified as to how anybody’s hearing anything other than the plant. I’ve just listened again for a minute or so and I’m still hearing laurel, laurel, laurel.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 04:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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My experience is the same as Adli’s - all I can hear is ‘laurel’ in the original recording.

From the article: They speculate that there are two separate voices in the recording, one saying “Laurel” at a lower frequency and the other saying “Yanny” at a higher frequency. If you play the recording at a frequency with more bass, you’re probably more likely to hear “Laurel,” while if the there is less bass, you’ll hear “Yanny.”

So apparently it is a trick of sorts, and with the two lowered-pitch recordings I very clearly hear ‘yammy’(definitely M sound).  The raised pitch recordings sound to me like chipmunks saying ‘laurel’. The link to Chloe Feldman doesn’t work for me, and I’d love to know where to apply for the job of Influencer :)

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Posted: 16 May 2018 06:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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In the 20% and 30% versions, I do hear Yanny. This is certainly and interesting phenomenonm

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Posted: 16 May 2018 08:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Further explanations:

The Atlantic has a good article.

Language Log has one with more details, but more difficult to follow.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 10:22 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I only hear “yanny” no matter what volume I use.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 12:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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My hearing is not good, tinnitus and old age.  I hear Y[something]L.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 12:40 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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An normal or artificially lowered pitches I hear yanni. At the raised pitches, I hear laurel.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 01:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Thanks for the link to The Atlantic article, Dave, most illuminating, especially listening to the clip at varied pitches.

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Posted: 16 May 2018 04:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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That languagelog article is excellent.

Slightly off-topic but one of the articles on the Yanni Laurel issue led me to this video. It is part of the theme song for Bill Nye Science Guy, with “Bill Bill Bill Bill” chanted, but with images of Bill, mayonnaise and pails. It’s the same sound over and over but the brain can be tricked into thinking that the sound morphs into “Pail pail pail” and “Mayo mayo mayo”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiuO_Z2_AD4

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Posted: 16 May 2018 04:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Nytimes has a tool to move back and forth between all Laurel or all Yanny. To avoid a paywall go to Google News and open it from there.

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Posted: 17 May 2018 06:44 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Funny piece here.

James Beacon and Laurel Cunningham were mid-coitus last night when James did the unthinkable: called his girlfriend by the wrong name. Although Beacon clearly remembers saying her name – Laurel – she swears that she heard him say “Yanny”.

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Posted: 17 May 2018 07:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Dave Wilton - 16 May 2018 12:40 PM

An normal or artificially lowered pitches I hear yanni. At the raised pitches, I hear laurel.

It’s the other way round for me, which it shouldn’t be, or I’m misunderstanding you.

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Posted: 17 May 2018 07:18 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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Also this: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/jimmy-kimmel-donald-trump-apology_us_5afd10bee4b0a59b4e006898

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