Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Introducing YARD (Yet Another Rhythm Determination) And Re-Introducing Isochrony to Rhythm Research

Petra S. Wagner (1), Volker Dellwo (1,2)

(1) Institut für Kommunikationsforschung und Phonetik, Universität Bonn, Germany
(2) University College London, UK

The %V/.C model of rhythmic class distinction captures syllable complexity rather than rhythm. An alternative rhythm measure will be proposed based on (z-transformed) syllable durations and inspired by the PVI-measure [1]. Some evidence for the existence of isochronous syllable sequences is presented which might provide a new approach towards a classification into stress timed and syllable timed languages.


  1. Low, E.L. and Grabe, E., 1995. Prosodic patterns in Singapore English, Proceedings of the ICPhS, vol. 3, pp. 636-639, Stockholm, Sweden.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Wagner, Petra S. / Dellwo, Volker (2004): "Introducing YARD (yet another rhythm determination) and re-introducing isochrony to rhythm research", In SP-2004, 227-230.