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The development of measurable speech rhythm in Spanish speakers of English


Dellwo, Volker; Gutiérrez Díez, Francisco; Gavalda, Nuria (2009). The development of measurable speech rhythm in Spanish speakers of English. In: XI Simposio Internacional de Comunicacion Social, Santiago de Cuba, 19 January 2009 - 23 January 2009, 594-597.

Abstract

It has been demonstrated repeatedly that durational characteristics of consonantal (C) and vocalic (V) intervals are robust acoustic correlates of rhythm class (stress-timed, syllable-timed, mora-timed). Here, we investigate how such rhythm measurements change during the acquisition of a second language. In a longitudinal study, 9 native speakers of Spanish were recorded reading a text in English before and after a year of English language
training at university level. A control group of 9 native English speakers read the same text. Standard rhythm metrics (%V, deltaC, deltaV, PVI) were calculated for all recordings. Results reveal no significant statistical difference in measurable rhythm pre and post training. The findings are discussed in connection with theoretical
issues of rhythm metrics and practical issues of L2 English by Spanish speakers.

Abstract

It has been demonstrated repeatedly that durational characteristics of consonantal (C) and vocalic (V) intervals are robust acoustic correlates of rhythm class (stress-timed, syllable-timed, mora-timed). Here, we investigate how such rhythm measurements change during the acquisition of a second language. In a longitudinal study, 9 native speakers of Spanish were recorded reading a text in English before and after a year of English language
training at university level. A control group of 9 native English speakers read the same text. Standard rhythm metrics (%V, deltaC, deltaV, PVI) were calculated for all recordings. Results reveal no significant statistical difference in measurable rhythm pre and post training. The findings are discussed in connection with theoretical
issues of rhythm metrics and practical issues of L2 English by Spanish speakers.

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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 January 2009
Deposited On:05 Aug 2015 09:21
Last Modified:12 Dec 2017 08:46
Publisher:s.n.
Related URLs:http://www.cla.cu/simposio/simposios.php?s=XI (Organisation)

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