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Rhythmic variability in Swiss German dialects


Leemann, Adrian; Dellwo, Volker; Kolly, Marie-José; Schmid, Stephan (2012). Rhythmic variability in Swiss German dialects. In: 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody, Shanghai, 22 May 2012 - 25 May 2012, 607-610.

Abstract

Speech rhythm can be measured acoustically in terms of durational characteristics of consonantal and vocalic intervals. The present paper investigated how acoustically measurable rhythm varies across dialects of Swiss German. Rhythmic measurements (%V, ∆C, ∆V, varcoC, varcoV, rPVI-C, nPVI- C, nPVI-V) were carried out on four sentences of six speakers from eight Swiss dialects. Results indicate that there are significant differences across the dialects in some rhythm measures but not in others and that dialects can be grouped according to rhythmic characteristics.

Speech rhythm can be measured acoustically in terms of durational characteristics of consonantal and vocalic intervals. The present paper investigated how acoustically measurable rhythm varies across dialects of Swiss German. Rhythmic measurements (%V, ∆C, ∆V, varcoC, varcoV, rPVI-C, nPVI- C, nPVI-V) were carried out on four sentences of six speakers from eight Swiss dialects. Results indicate that there are significant differences across the dialects in some rhythm measures but not in others and that dialects can be grouped according to rhythmic characteristics.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:Speech rhythm, rhythm metrics, Swiss German, dialectology
Language:English
Event End Date:25 May 2012
Deposited On:07 Jan 2013 15:41
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:11
Publisher:Speech Prosody Conference Proceedings
ISBN:978-7-5608-4869-3
Funders:SNF, SAGW
Related URLs:http://sprosig.isle.illinois.edu/sp2012/page157.html
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-68557

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