Temporal variability in four Alemannic dialects and its influence on the respective varieties of Swiss Standard German

Urban Bruno Zihlmann


Languages, dialects, and speakers have been found to show variability in articulation rate and speech rhythm. The present study examines whether temporal variability found between four Alemannic (ALM) dialects is also present in the same speakers’ Swiss Standard German (SSG) varieties. The results suggest that ALM interferences are not systematic. Whereas in ALM dialects, GR speakers show the quickest articulation rate and VS speakers the slowest, amongst the SSG varieties, ZH speakers articulated the most quickly and BE the most slowly. As for further rhythm metrics, the insights of this study pro-vide evidence that consonantal variability is more telling re-garding dialect/variety identification than vocalic measures.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-127

Cite as: Zihlmann, U.B. (2020) Temporal variability in four Alemannic dialects and its influence on the respective varieties of Swiss Standard German. Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020, 620-624, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-127.


@inproceedings{Zihlmann2020,
  author={Urban Bruno Zihlmann},
  title={{Temporal variability in four Alemannic dialects and its influence on the respective varieties of Swiss Standard German}},
  year=2020,
  booktitle={Proc. 10th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2020},
  pages={620--624},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-127},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2020-127}
}