Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

Acoustic Correlates of Linguistic Rhythm: Perspectives

Franck Ramus

Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (EHESS/CNRS), Paris, France

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.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ramus, Franck (2002): "Acoustic correlates of linguistic rhythm: perspectives", In SP-2002, 115-120.