Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

An Experimental Phonetic Study of Speech Rhythm in Standard Korean

Hyun-bok Lee, Narn-taek Jin, Cheol-jae Seong, Il-jin Jung, Seung-mie Lee

Phonetics Laboratory, Department of Linguistics, College of Humanities, Seoul National Univerity, Seoul, Korea

The aim of this paper is to investigate the Korean speech rhythm by examining the pattern of the interstress time increases versus the number of interstress syllables. 16 informants, divided into four groups by age and sex, tape-recorded the carrier sentences consisting of two rhythmic units, each beginning with a stressed syllable. The first unit was gradually expanded by taking one to four weak syllables of CVC type. Two interesting results have emerged from this study' (1) the Korean speech rhythm is inbetween of the two opposite types like Greek; (2) two age groups differed in rhythmic type. The old group displayed the stress-timed rhythm like English whereas the young group the syllable-timed one like Spanish.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lee, Hyun-bok / Jin, Narn-taek / Seong, Cheol-jae / Jung, Il-jin / Lee, Seung-mie (1994): "An experimental phonetic study of speech rhythm in standard Korean", In ICSLP-1994, 1091-1094.