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Speech rhythm as durational marking of prosodic heads and edges. Evidence from Catalan English, and Spanish

Prieto, Pilar; Vanrell, Maria del Mar; Astruc, Lluïsa; Payne, Elinor and Post, Brechtje (2010). Speech rhythm as durational marking of prosodic heads and edges. Evidence from Catalan English, and Spanish. In: Speech Prosody 2010, 11-14 May 2010, Chicago.

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Data from a total of 24 speakers reading 720 utterances from Catalan, English, and Spanish show that differences in rhythm metrics emerge even when syllable structure and vowel reduction are controlled for in the experimental materials, strongly suggesting that important differences in timing exist in these languages, and thus that the rhythmic percept is not solely dependent on these two phonological properties in a given language. Further analyses of the data indicate that the rhythmic class distinctions under consideration finely correlate with differences in the way languages instantiate two prosodic timing processes, namely durational marking of prosodic heads and prosodic edges. A prosody-based hypothesis is proposed regarding the importance of these durational patterns across languages for the perception of rhythmic contrasts.

Item Type: Conference Item
Copyright Holders: 2010 ISCA
Keywords: rhythm; index measures; prosody-based view of rhythm; prominence duration; final lengthening; Spanish language; Catalan; English; Spanish
Academic Unit/Department: Education and Language Studies > Languages
Education and Language Studies
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Language & Literacies
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Item ID: 31451
Depositing User: Lluïsa Astruc
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 14:28
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 20:41
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