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Query Subject:   speaking rate across languages
Author:   Julio Santiago
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Language Family:  Indo-European


Query:   Dear linguists:

I am working on cross-linguistic differences in language production, mainly those between germanic languages (English, Dutch, German) and Romanic languages (Spanish, French). Does anybody know of any evidence regarding differences in speaking rate between English and Spanish?

Of course, speaking can be measured in number of words, syllables and phonemes per time unit (among other choices). The most interesting measure for me would be number of syllables per time unit, but I will welcome ideas of any kind, as the literature on this question seems to be very limited.

I will post a summary to the list. Thank you all very much.

Julio
LL Issue: 14.3361
Date posted: 05-Dec-2003



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