15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Perception of Articulation Rate

Jacques Koreman

Saarland University, Germany

Segmental as well as prosodic utterance characteristics determine listeners' perception of speaking rate. The segmental characteristics are usually captured by the articulation rate, which is sometimes based on the canonical, underlying representation and at other times on the actual, surface realisation of phones in an utterance. The relation between the two is defined by the phone deletion rate. Both the underlying and the surface structure are shown to play a role in the perception of speaking rate and must (in addition to other related rate phenomena) be taken into account when modelling speaking rate.

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Bibliographic reference.  Koreman, Jacques (2003): "The perception of articulation rate", In ICPhS-15, 1711-1714.