Rhythm and Speaking Rate in Assamese Varieties

Leena Dihingia, Priyankoo Sarmah

This work investigates the rhythm and speech rate in Assamese read speech as spoken in five geographic regions within the state of Assam in India. These five areas are categorized into three dialectal areas. For rhythm %V, nPVI-V, r-PVI, varco-ΔV , varco-ΔC, ΔV and ΔC measures are calculated. For rate of speaking syllable per second and segments per second are calculated. The results obtained show that the rhythm measures of Assamese are comparable to that of the mora-timed languages, such as Japanese. The results also showed that the five regions differed significantly from each other in terms of rhythm measures and rate of speaking. A quadratic discriminant analysis showed that the Assamese spoken in the five regions can be discriminated with an accuracy of about 42% with rhythm measures and speaking rate. A tertiary finding also showed that %V and nPVI-V are the least affected measure by rate of speaking.

 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-115

Cite as: Dihingia, L., Sarmah, P. (2020) Rhythm and Speaking Rate in Assamese Varieties. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 561-565, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-115.

  author={Leena Dihingia and Priyankoo Sarmah},
  title={{Rhythm and Speaking Rate in Assamese Varieties}},
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},