A Comparison Between Speech and Musical Rhythms: A Case Study of Folk Music in Standard and Northern Thai

Chawadon Ketkaew


The nPVI is an equation developed by phoneticians and initially used for finding phonetic evidence supporting language classification in terms of rhythmic characteristic. Moreover, it can identify the influence of a composer’s native language on instrumental music’s rhythm [1]. Many scholars leave some interesting observation, saying the music with lyrics would unsurprisingly affect the musical rhythm and yield the same result as speech does. However, the research of [2] examining popular songs in Standard and Northern Thai revealed the reversed result. The nPVI obtained from speech in Standard Thai was higher than Northern Thai but the musical nPVI of Northern Thai was higher than Standard Thai. It was claimed that the incongruousness might have resulted from the influence of Western melodies on Standard Thai popular songs. So, this study examined further whether a different genre of music such as folk music could provide the musical nPVI that was parallel with the speech nPVI. The result confirmed the hypothesis that speech rhythm can influence musical rhythm.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-126

Cite as: Ketkaew, C. (2020) A Comparison Between Speech and Musical Rhythms: A Case Study of Folk Music in Standard and Northern Thai. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 616-619, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-126.


@inproceedings{Ketkaew2020,
  author={Chawadon Ketkaew},
  title={{A Comparison Between Speech and Musical Rhythms: A Case Study of Folk Music in Standard and Northern Thai}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={616--619},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-126},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-126}
}