Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

A Comparison of Rhythm Metrics in Different Speaking Styles and in Fifteen Regional Varieties of Italian

Rosa Giordano, Leandro D'Anna

Department of Linguistic and Literary Studies, University of Salerno, Italy

Three different speaking styles and fifteen regional varieties of Italian are compared in order to evaluate if, and to what extent, inter-speaker variability and contextual variation can condition the temporal dynamics of speech. The analysis bases on %V, ÄC, ÄV, nPVI and rPVI metrics: as the samples of speech tested do not present internal variation in segmental phonology and in phonotactics, very similar values are expected for the three subsets. Interestingly, results show a certain range of variability across the three groups. The phenomenon is due, in our opinion, to factors external to rhythmic structure and related to high-level prosodic domains, which can also influence segmental duration patterns.

Index Terms: Rhythm Class Hypothesis, Italian, speaking styles, regional varieties.

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Bibliographic reference.  Giordano, Rosa / D'Anna, Leandro (2010): "A comparison of rhythm metrics in different speaking styles and in fifteen regional varieties of Italian", In SP-2010, paper 826.