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Temporal variability in four Alemannic dialects and its influence on the respective varieties of Swiss Standard German


Zihlmann, Urban (2020). Temporal variability in four Alemannic dialects and its influence on the respective varieties of Swiss Standard German. In: 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, Tokyo, 25 May 2020 - 28 May 2020, 620-624.

Abstract

Languages, dialects, and speakers have been found to show variability in articulation rate and speech rhythm. The present study examines whether temporal variability found between four Alemannic (ALM) dialects is also present in the same speakers’ Swiss Standard German (SSG) varieties. The results suggest that ALM interferences are not systematic. Whereas in ALM dialects, Churspeakers show the quickest articulation rate and Brig speakers the slowest, amongst the SSG varieties, Zurich speakers articulated the most quickly and Bern the most slowly. As for further rhythm metrics, the insights of this study provide evidence that consonantal variability is more telling regarding dialect/variety identification than vocalic measures.

Abstract

Languages, dialects, and speakers have been found to show variability in articulation rate and speech rhythm. The present study examines whether temporal variability found between four Alemannic (ALM) dialects is also present in the same speakers’ Swiss Standard German (SSG) varieties. The results suggest that ALM interferences are not systematic. Whereas in ALM dialects, Churspeakers show the quickest articulation rate and Brig speakers the slowest, amongst the SSG varieties, Zurich speakers articulated the most quickly and Bern the most slowly. As for further rhythm metrics, the insights of this study provide evidence that consonantal variability is more telling regarding dialect/variety identification than vocalic measures.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Event End Date:28 May 2020
Deposited On:02 Jun 2020 15:37
Last Modified:03 Jun 2020 12:38
Publisher:ISCA
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-127
Official URL:https://www.isca-speech.org/archive/SpeechProsody_2020/pdfs/5.pdf
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID100015E-164377
  • : Project TitleTypology of Vowel and Consonant Quantity in Southern German varieties: acoustic, perception, and articulatory analyses of adult and child speakers

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