Speech Prosody 2010
Chicago, IL, USA
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.
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.