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Measuring child rhythm

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Interval-based rhythm metrics were applied to the speech of English, Catalan and Spanish 2, 4 and 6 year-olds, and compared with the (adult-directed) speech of their mothers. Results reveal that child speech does not fall into a well-defined rhythmic class: for all three languages, it is more ‘vocalic’ (higher %V) than adult speech and has a tendency towards lower variability (when normalized for speech rate) in vocalic interval duration. Consonantal interval variability, howeve...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/0023830911417687

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Subgroup:
Linguistics Philology and Phonetics Faculty
Oxford college:
St Hildas College; St Hildas College; ST HILDAS COLLEGE
Role:
Author
Publisher:
SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Language and Speech Journal website
Volume:
55
Issue:
2
Pages:
203-229
Publication date:
2011-09-25
Acceptance date:
2011-09-25
DOI:
EISSN:
1756-6053
ISSN:
0023-8309
Pubs id:
223460
Local pid:
pubs:223460
Language:
English
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Format:
Online (for publication in print in 2012)

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