14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)
San Francisco, CA, USA
It has been hypothesized that since in Slovak the difference in
durations between stressed and unstressed syllables is not
maximized in the same way as in English, Slovak speakers of
English will tend to make insufficient differences between the
two groups of syllables. Thus Slovak speakers' utterances in
English will be perceived by native speakers as having nonnative-
Spontaneous utterances of native and non-native speakers have been analyzed through segmentation of sonorous nuclei of stressed and unstressed syllables and through measurements of their durations. In mathematical processing methods of descriptive statistics and probability t-test have been applied. The results indicate a stable difference in durations of sonorous nuclei of stressed and unstressed syllables in native speakers and significantly varied difference in non-native speakers.
Bibliographic reference. Bila, Magdalena / Zimmermann, Julius (1999): "English rhythm and the Slovak speaker", In ICPhS-14, 547-550.