ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2008
ISCA Archive SpeechProsody 2008

The role of speech rate in perceiving speech rhythm

Volker Dellwo

Human listeners can distinguish between languages of different rhythmic classes (e.g. stress- and syllable-timed languages). The present study investigated the role of speech rate in this process. Acoustic data suggests (experiment I) that speech rate can distinguishes as reliable between stress- and syllable-timed languages as previously proposed correlates of speech rhythm (%V, VarcoC and nPVI). Behavioral data showed (experiment II) that listeners make use of rate differences when asked to assess rhythmic characteristics of stress- and syllable-timed languages in delexicalized speech. Results imply that speech rate is an important acoustic correlate for cross-language speech rhythm.

doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2008-85

Cite as: Dellwo, V. (2008) The role of speech rate in perceiving speech rhythm. Proc. Speech Prosody 2008, 375-378, doi: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2008-85

  author={Volker Dellwo},
  title={{The role of speech rate in perceiving speech rhythm}},
  booktitle={Proc. Speech Prosody 2008},