Determinants of phonetic word duration in ten language documentation corpora: Word frequency, complexity, position, and part of speech

dc.contributor.author Strunk, Jan
dc.contributor.author Seifart, Frank
dc.contributor.author Danielsen, Swintha
dc.contributor.author Hartmann, Iren
dc.contributor.author Pakendorf, Brigitte
dc.contributor.author Wichmann, Søren
dc.contributor.author Witzlack-Makarevich, Alena
dc.contributor.author Bickel, Balthasar
dc.date.accessioned 2020-07-21T19:27:01Z
dc.date.available 2020-07-21T19:27:01Z
dc.date.issued 2020-07
dc.description.abstract This paper explores the application of quantitative methods to study the effect of various factors on phonetic word duration in ten languages. Data on most of these languages were collected in fieldwork aiming at documenting spontaneous speech in mostly endangered languages, to be used for multiple purposes, including the preservation of cultural heritage and community work. Here we show the feasibility of studying processes of online acceleration and deceleration of speech across languages using such data, which have not been considered for this purpose before. Our results show that it is possible to detect a consistent effect of higher frequency of words leading to faster articulation even in the relatively small language documentation corpora used here. We also show that nouns tend to be pronounced more slowly than verbs when controlling for other factors. Comparison of the effects of these and other factors shows that some of them are difficult to capture with the current data and methods, including potential effects of cross-linguistic differences in morphological complexity. In general, this paper argues for widening the cross-linguistic scope of phonetic and psycholinguistic research by including the wealth of language documentation data that has recently become available. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Foreign Language Resource Center en_US
dc.format.extent 39 pages en_US
dc.identifier.citation Strunk, Jan, Frank Seifart, Swintha Danielsen, Iren Hartmann, Brigitte Pakendorf, Søren Wichmann, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, & Balthasar Bickel. 2020. Determinants of phonetic word duration in ten language documentation corpora: Word frequency, complexity, position, and part of speech. Language Documentation & Conservation 14: 423-461. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1934-5275
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/24926
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawaii Press en_US
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States *
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/ *
dc.subject quantitative methods en_US
dc.subject language documentation en_US
dc.subject phonetic word duration en_US
dc.subject endangered languages en_US
dc.title Determinants of phonetic word duration in ten language documentation corpora: Word frequency, complexity, position, and part of speech en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US
prism.endingpage 461 en_US
prism.publicationname Language Documentation & Conservation en_US
prism.startingpage 423 en_US
prism.volume 14 en_US
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