DiSS-LPSS Joint Workshop 2010

The 5th Workshop on Disfluency in Spontaneous Speech
The 2nd International Symposium on Linguistic Patterns in Spontaneous Speech

Tokyo, Japan, September 25-26, 2010

Fluency in Non-Native Read and Spontaneous Speech

Catia Cucchiarini, Joost van Doremalen, Helmer Strik

Department of Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

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

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Cucchiarini, Catia / Doremalen, Joost van / Strik, Helmer (2010): "Fluency in non-native read and spontaneous speech", In DiSS-LPSS-2010, 15-18.