Rick and Morty is full of burps, and a scientist just analyzed all of them

CNET | 12/5/2019 | Staff
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This is what Rick's burps look like when you run them through a spectrogram using the phonetics software Praat.

There are more than 200 belches in the popular animated series Rick and Morty, and researcher Brooke Kidner listened to them all, sifting the sounds for sub-textual speech in mad scientist Rick Sanchez' frequent, gin-soaked burps. Her analysis of the internet's favorite drunken grandpa marks what may be the first linguistic research in more than 60 years to look into the paralingual nuances of burps.

Grunts - Groans - Gasps - Belches - Linguists

Grunts, groans, gasps and, yes, even belches -- linguists have long puzzled over humans' use of nonword sounds to communicate. But, according to the Acoustical Society of America, Kidner's research -- presented Thursday at the organization's San Diego conference -- has shed new light on non-word sounds.

"There has not been any serious attempt to acoustically or phonetically describe the characteristics of belching in over 60 years," Kidner said in a release. "But there are more and more papers being published on these...
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