Acoustic correlates of linguistic rhythm: Perspectives

Ramus, Franck (2002) Acoustic correlates of linguistic rhythm: Perspectives. [Conference Paper]

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The empirical grounding of a typology of languages' rhythm is again a hot issue. The currently popular approach is based on the durations of vocalic and intervocalic intervals and their variability. Despite some successes, many questions remain. The main findings still need to be generalised to much larger corpora including many more languages. But a straightforward continuation of the current work faces many difficulties. Perspectives are outlined for future work, including proposals for the cross-linguistic control of speech rate, improvements on the statistical analyses, and prospects raised by automatic speech processing.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:speech; prodody; rhythm; speech rate
Subjects:Linguistics > Phonology
Psychology > Psycholinguistics
ID Code:2273
Deposited By:Ramus, Dr Franck
Deposited On:12 Jun 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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