14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Articulation Rate Variation Within the Intonation Phrase in Czech and English

Jana Dankovičová

University College London, UK

A cross-linguistic study was conducted on Czech and English reading to test the hypothesis that the intonation phrase (IP) is the domain of a systematic pattern in articulation rate variation, namely, of a slowing down throughout the IP (rallentando). The articulation rate was measured across (phonological) words. The statistical analysis showed a significant tendency towards the rallentando pattern in both Czech and English. Moreover, in both languages the word's articulation rate was also significantly affected by its size in syllables, with the rate increasing with the number of syllables. Word class was a significant factor as well, with phonological words containing only function words being faster than those containing only content words. In both languages word size seems to be the strongest factor, position within the IP somewhat weaker and word class the weakest factor.

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Bibliographic reference.  Dankovičová, Jana (1999): "Articulation rate variation within the intonation phrase in Czech and English", In ICPhS-14, 269-272.