ISCA Archive DiSS 2010
ISCA Archive DiSS 2010

Fluency in non-native read and spontaneous speech

Catia Cucchiarini, Joost van Doremalen, Helmer Strik

Various studies have investigated the temporal aspects of nonnative speech and their relation to perceived fluency, because fluency constitutes an important aspect of second language proficiency. For this purpose it is important to determine which measures are most strongly correlated with perceived fluency and how these measures vary. In the present study objective measures related to perceived fluency were calculated for read and spontaneous speech of non-native speakers of Dutch. The results indicate that the objective measures vary as a function of different variables. Suggestions are made for future investigations so as to facilitate comparisons between studies and meta-analyses.

Index Terms. fluency, non-native speech, temporal measures

Cite as: Cucchiarini, C., Doremalen, J.v., Strik, H. (2010) Fluency in non-native read and spontaneous speech. Proc. DiSS-LPSS Joint Workshop (DiSS 2010), 15-18

  author={Catia Cucchiarini and Joost van Doremalen and Helmer Strik},
  title={{Fluency in non-native read and spontaneous speech}},
  booktitle={Proc. DiSS-LPSS Joint Workshop (DiSS 2010)},