EUROSPEECH 2001 Scandinavia
7th European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology

Aalborg, Denmark
September 3-7, 2001


Measuring Rhythmic Deviation in Second Language Speech

Felix Schaeffler

University of Munich, Germany

This study deals with the question of whether recently provided methods to determine the rhythm class of languages can be transferred to foreign-accented speech. Therefore read German speech of Venezuelan Spanish native speakers was compared with read speech of a native German control group by means of four different measurements. Three of the four applied measurements showed significant differences between the two groups, with one of the differences contradicting earlier expectations. The study has shown that the measurements can be successfully transferred to foreign-accented speech, but slightly modified measurements are suggested.

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Bibliographic reference.  Schaeffler, Felix (2001): "Measuring rhythmic deviation in second language speech", In EUROSPEECH-2001, 819-822.