Crowdsourcing regional variation in speaking rate through the iOS app ‘Dialäkt Äpp’

Adrian Leemann, Marie José Kolly, Volker Dellwo


It is a common stereotype in Switzerland that speakers from Bern speak slowly and speakers from Zurich speak quickly. Are these differences in perception at all mirrored in production? We present a new method of crowdsourcing speaking rate through a free of charge iOS application. Astonishingly, results indicate that the temporal structure of a few words alone as spoken by a few hundred speakers are sufficient to tell apart the two dialects in speaking rate. In line with previous literature, females articulate more slowly than males. Further potential fields of application of the introduced method are discussed.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-31

Cite as: Leemann, A., Kolly, M.J., Dellwo, V. (2014) Crowdsourcing regional variation in speaking rate through the iOS app ‘Dialäkt Äpp’. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 217-221, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-31.


@inproceedings{Leemann2014,
  author={Adrian Leemann and Marie José Kolly and Volker Dellwo},
  title={{Crowdsourcing regional variation in speaking rate through the iOS app ‘Dialäkt Äpp’}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={217--221},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-31},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-31}
}