Featured Linguist!

Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



Donate Now | Visit the Fund Drive Homepage

Amount Raised:

$34674

Still Needed:

$40326

Can anyone overtake Syntax in the Subfield Challenge ?

Grad School Challenge Leader: University of Washington


Publishing Partner: Cambridge University Press CUP Extra Publisher Login
amazon logo
More Info

Ask-A-Linguist Message Details

Subject: Speaking rates
Question: Is it possible to compare the speed at which different languages are
normally spoken? If so, which languages are relatively fast and which
are slow?

Reply: In addition to what Dr. Cruz-Ferreira said, let me add that the speaking rate of a
language you don't know frequently sounds faster than the speaking rate of a
language you do know. This is a subjective impression, often no supported by actual
measurement.

Reply From: Susan D Fischer      click here to access email
 
Date: 13-Nov-2012
 
Other Replies:
  1. Re: Speaking rates    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (12-Nov-2012)
  2. Re: Speaking rates    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (14-Nov-2012)

Back to Most Recent Questions