Rhythm of East-Asian Speakers of English in English Conversation

Hyunsong Chung


This paper investigated the rhythm of East-Asian speakers of English in conversation. A speech corpus of 150 conversations between speakers of English in East Asia with different L1 backgrounds was collected and the rhythm was analysed. It was found that L1 difference of the interlocutors and the speakers’ daily use of English influenced %V, while the speakers’ daily use of English influenced ∆V. A weak correlation between the two speakers’ rhythm in each conversation was also found in %V and ∆V. No significant effects were found in PVI. The results revealed that the speakers tended to accommodate the rhythm of their utterances to that of the other interlocutors’. Further study on the speaking rate of the speakers, the percentage of function words and the number of pauses in the utterances might be required to overcome some inconsistencies found in the results of the rhythm metrics used in this study.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-109

Cite as: Chung, H. (2020) Rhythm of East-Asian Speakers of English in English Conversation. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 533-536, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-109.


@inproceedings{Chung2020,
  author={Hyunsong Chung},
  title={{Rhythm of East-Asian Speakers of English in English Conversation}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={533--536},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-109},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-109}
}