Issues in the quantitative approach to speech rhythm comparisons

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2009-12-01
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Stojanovic, Diana
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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Abstract
This paper explores issues related to the quantitative approach to characterizing linguistic rhythm. In particular, it highlights challenges faced by the method in which rhythmic similarity is evaluated by use of rhythm metrics. Predictions made in this paper for the success of such metrics in classifying languages agree with the results in the literature. Explanations are proposed for the cases where discrepancies occur between the results in the literature and the predictions made based on the rhythm-class hypothesis. Criticisms of the current approach lead to a proposed model of perception of speech rhythm and several methods by which perceived rhythmic differences could be quantified more successfully.
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linguistics
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Stojanovic, Diana. 2009. Issues in the quantitative approach to speech rhythm comparisons. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 40(9).
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