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Query:   Speaking rates
Author:  Julio Santiago
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   Typology

Language Family:   Indo-European

Summary:   I RECENTLY POSTED A QUERY TO THE LIST FOR REFERENCES ON CROSSLINGUISTIC SPEECH RATE COMPARISONS (MAINLY GERMANIC VERSUS ROMANCE LANGUAGES). THANKS A THOUSAND TO MATT GOLDRICK, MICHAEL BARRIE, PAUL FALLON, STEPHAN SCHMID, ANTHONY LEWIS, AND LUIS F. TEJEDO-HERRERO, WHO TOOK THE TIME TO REPLY.

HERE IS A SUMMARY OF THEIR SUGGESTIONS:

MATT GOLDRICK RECOMMENDED READING THE FOLLOWING PAPER ON CHANGES IN THE
VOICED-VOICELESS OBSTRUENT DISTINCTION ACROSS SPEAKING RATES IN THAI,
FRENCH AND ENGLISH:

KESSINGER, R. H. & BLUMSTEIN, S.E. (1997) EFFECTS OF SPEAKING RATE ON
VOICE-ONSET TIME IN THAI, FRENCH, AND ENGLISH. JOURNAL OF PHONETICS, 25,
143-168.

MICHAEL BARRIE AND LUIS F. TEJEDO-HERRERO SUGGESTED THE FOLLOWING BOOK CHAPTER:

ROACH, PETER. 1998. SOME LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN MORE QUICKLY THAN OTHERS. EN LANGUAGE MYTHS. BAUER, LAURIE & PETER TRUDGILL, (EEDS.), PAGS. 150-58. LONDON: PINGUIN BOOKS.

AND MICHAEL BARRIE ACTUALLY TOOK THE PAIN OF SCANNING IT AND SENDING IT OVER (THANKS!).

PAUL FALLON MENTIONED THAT JOHN LAVER'S ''PRINCIPLES OF PHONETICS'', CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, HAS A GOOD OVERVIEW OF DIFFERENT WAYS OF MEASURING SPEECH (AND ARTICULATION) RATE, AND CITES STATISTICS FROM VARIOUS LANGUAGES.

STEPHAN SCHMID SENT A LINK TO THE ABSTRACT OF RECENT WORK BY LAURA MORI REGARDING ITALIAN (HTTP://WWW.FUB.IT/VOICE/GFS2003/DEFAULT.HTM), AND ACTUALLY MADE COPIES OF MOST RELEVANT REFERENCES CITED THEREIN AND MAILED THEM OVER (JUST GOT THEM, THANKS!!!).

ANTHONY LEWIS SUGGESTED THAT THE RELEVANT WAY OF MEASURING SPEECH RATE IS A MEAN FOR ''SYLLABLES PER SECOND'' EXTRACTED FROM SPONTANEOUS SPEECH, WHICH, HOWEVER, SHOULD BE OBTAINED FROM WITHIN EACH INTONATIONAL PHRASE.

THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYONE.
JULIO

LL Issue: 15.25
Date Posted: 07-Jan-2004
Original Query: Read original query