Rhythm class perception by expert phoneticians

Rathcke, Tamara V and Smith, Rachel (2015) Rhythm class perception by expert phoneticians. In: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, 10-14 Aug 2015, SECC Glasgow, The University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This paper contributes to the recent debate in linguistic-phonetic rhythm research dominated by the idea of a perceptual dichotomy involving “syllable-timed” and “stress-timed” rhythm classes. Some previous studies have shown that it is difficult both to find reliable acoustic correlates of these classes and also to obtain reliable perceptual data for their support. In an experiment, we asked 12 British English phoneticians to classify the rhythm class of 36 samples spoken by 24 talkers in six dialects of British English. Expert listeners’ perception was shown to be guided by two factors: (1) the assumed rhythm class affiliation of a particular dialect and (2) one acoustic cue related to the prosodic hierarchy, namely the degree of accentual lengthening. We argue that the rhythm class hypothesis has reached its limits in informing empirical enquiry into linguistic rhythm, and new research avenues are needed to understand this multi-layered phenomenon.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
Uncontrolled keywords: rhythm class, rhythm perception, expert phonetician, dialects of British English
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > English Language and Linguistics
Depositing User: Tamara Rathcke
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2015 13:40 UTC
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2015 09:48 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50282 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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