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Rhythmic classification of languages based on voice timing


Fourcin, Adrian; Dellwo, Volker (2009). Rhythmic classification of languages based on voice timing. UCL Discovery online, University of Zurich.

Abstract

Speech rhythm classes can be distinguished acoustically and perceptually from the variability of consonantal durations and the relative durations of vocalic intervals. The present research investigated whether this distinction can be made robustly, simply on the basis of voice timing, by measuring the durational characteristics of voiced and voiceless intervals in fluent speech. We show that voice patterns — in terms of vocal fold vibration — provide an effective basis for classification and that they can be automatically processed for large datasets. The possible implications that this finding can have on the ability of infants to distinguish between languages of different rhythmic classes are discussed.

Abstract

Speech rhythm classes can be distinguished acoustically and perceptually from the variability of consonantal durations and the relative durations of vocalic intervals. The present research investigated whether this distinction can be made robustly, simply on the basis of voice timing, by measuring the durational characteristics of voiced and voiceless intervals in fluent speech. We show that voice patterns — in terms of vocal fold vibration — provide an effective basis for classification and that they can be automatically processed for large datasets. The possible implications that this finding can have on the ability of infants to distinguish between languages of different rhythmic classes are discussed.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:05 Aug 2015 08:22
Last Modified:21 Nov 2017 17:58
Series Name:UCL Discovery
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/15122/1/15122.pdf
Related URLs:http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/15122/

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