Piano Fingers: How Players Strike Keys Depends on How Muscles are Used for Keystrokes That Occur Before and After, University of Minnesota Study

Published: Aug 12, 2013

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Researchers have long been aware of a phenomenon in speech called coarticulation, in which certain sounds are produced differently depending on the sounds that come before or after them. For example, though the letter n is usually pronounced with the tongue pressed near the middle of the mouth's roof (as in the word "ten"), it's pronounced with the tongue farther forward when it's followed by -th (as in "tenth").

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