ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)
A comparison of Standard Italian and Southern Italian dialects is carried out using acoustic measures related to structural properties: Vowel-interval and consonantal inter-vowel-interval durations are used to obtain rhythmic measures based on a number of approach. Italian is usually considered to be syllable-timed. The structural features found in the dialects offer support for a divergence from the traditional assumption of syllable-timing. Rhythm measures are calculated according to Ramus at al. 1999, Grabe-Low 2002, Barry et al. 2003, Russo-Barry to appear. In agreement with predictions derived from phonological observation, the results of the measures show a rhythm plot in which the Pairwise Variability Indices (PVIs) place the Italian dialect speakers nearer to the stress-timed languages than traditional typology statements would lead one to expect .
Bibliographic reference. Russo, Michela (2008): "Rhythmic analysis and quantitative measures: the essence of rhythm as temporal patterning", In ExLing-2008, 189-192.