Speech Prosody 2012

Shanghai, China
May 22-25, 2012

A Preliminary Analysis of Speech Rhythm in Three Varieties of Irish (Gaelic)

Amelie Dorn, Maria O'Reilly, Ailbhe Ní Chasaide

Phonetics & Speech Lab, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College Dublin

This paper gives a preliminary account of speech rhythm characteristics for the three main dialects of Irish (Donegal, Connemara and Kerry Irish). The analysis is based on a short read passage. The segmental level Pairwise Variability Index metrics (rCPVI, nVPVI) indicate that Irish groups with stresstimed languages. At the level of the syllable and the foot, results suggest that Irish has irregular syllable structure, but more regular foot size. Only minor differences emerged among the dialects.

Index Terms: rhythm, intonation, Irish (Gaelic)

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Bibliographic reference.  Dorn, Amelie / O'Reilly, Maria / Ní Chasaide, Ailbhe (2012): "A preliminary analysis of speech rhythm in three varieties of Irish (gaelic)", In SP-2012, 510-513.