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The role of speech rate in perceiving speech rhythm


Dellwo, Volker (2008). The role of speech rate in perceiving speech rhythm. In: Speech Prosody 2008, Campinas/Brazil, 6 May 2008 - 9 May 2008, 375-378.

Abstract

Human listeners can distinguish between languages of different rhythmic classes (e.g. stress- and syllable-timed languages). The present study investigated the role of speech rate in this process. Acoustic data suggests (experiment I) that speech rate can distinguishes as reliable between stress- and syllable-timed languages as previously proposed correlates of speech rhythm (%V, VarcoC and nPVI). Behavioral data showed (experiment II) that listeners make use of rate differences when asked to assess rhythmic characteristics of stress- and syllable-timed languages in delexicalized speech. Results imply that speech rate is an important acoustic correlate for cross-language speech rhythm.

Abstract

Human listeners can distinguish between languages of different rhythmic classes (e.g. stress- and syllable-timed languages). The present study investigated the role of speech rate in this process. Acoustic data suggests (experiment I) that speech rate can distinguishes as reliable between stress- and syllable-timed languages as previously proposed correlates of speech rhythm (%V, VarcoC and nPVI). Behavioral data showed (experiment II) that listeners make use of rate differences when asked to assess rhythmic characteristics of stress- and syllable-timed languages in delexicalized speech. Results imply that speech rate is an important acoustic correlate for cross-language speech rhythm.

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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
Language:English
Event End Date:9 May 2008
Deposited On:05 Aug 2015 08:36
Last Modified:17 Aug 2017 00:19
Publisher:s.n.
Funders:UCL Graduate School
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://sprosig.isle.illinois.edu/sp2008/papers/id155.pdf
Related URLs:http://sprosig.isle.illinois.edu/sp2008/ (Organisation)

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