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The perception of speech rhythm: An investigation of inter and intra rhythmic class variability using delexicalized stimuli

Dellwo, V; Wagner, P; (2005) The perception of speech rhythm: An investigation of inter and intra rhythmic class variability using delexicalized stimuli. In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. (pp. 2622 - 2622).

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Abstract

It has been demonstrated that stress- and syllable-timed languages are differentiable in terms of parameters based on vocalic and consonantal interval durations, and that stress-timed languages are more variable in terms of these parameters. There is also significant between- and within-subject variability on these parameters, but it is unclear whether this production variability is perceptually salient in terms of rhythm. This issue was investigated in a series of experiments using delexicalized stimuli, in which the vocalic intervals were substituted by sinusoidal tones and the consonantal intervals by white noise. Subjects were asked to classify the stimuli according to the regularity of the tone sequences. The results thus far indicate that intra rhythm class variation, as measured by consonantal and vocalic interval duration variation, can be well perceived.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:The perception of speech rhythm: An investigation of inter and intra rhythmic class variability using delexicalized stimuli
Keywords:speech rhythm, speech rate, rhythm class
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Psychology and Language Sciences (Division of) > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences

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