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Crowdsourcing regional variation in speaking rate through the iOS app ‘Dialäkt Äpp’


Leemann, Adrian; Kolly, Marie-José; Dellwo, Volker (2014). Crowdsourcing regional variation in speaking rate through the iOS app ‘Dialäkt Äpp’. In: Speech Prosody, Dublin, 20 May 2014 - 23 May 2014.

Abstract

It is a common stereotype in Switzerland that speakers from Bern speak slowly and speakers from Zurich speak quickly. Are these differences in perception at all mirrored in production? We present a new method of crowdsourcing speaking rate through a free of charge iOS application. Astonishingly, results indicate that the temporal structure of a few words alone – as spoken by a few hundred speakers – are sufficient to tell apart the two dialects in speaking rate. In line with previous literature, females articulate more slowly than males. Further potential fields of application of the introduced method are discussed.

Abstract

It is a common stereotype in Switzerland that speakers from Bern speak slowly and speakers from Zurich speak quickly. Are these differences in perception at all mirrored in production? We present a new method of crowdsourcing speaking rate through a free of charge iOS application. Astonishingly, results indicate that the temporal structure of a few words alone – as spoken by a few hundred speakers – are sufficient to tell apart the two dialects in speaking rate. In line with previous literature, females articulate more slowly than males. Further potential fields of application of the introduced method are discussed.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:23 May 2014
Deposited On:10 Feb 2015 18:08
Last Modified:05 May 2017 14:57
Publisher:s.n.

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