Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Rhythm of Spoken Chinese - Linguistic And Paralinguistic Evidences -

Jianfen Cao

Institute of Linguistics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China

This paper discusses rhythmic characteristics of Standard Chinese. The study is based on relevant acoustic-phonetic investigations, including some paralinguistic analyses. The preliminary result leads to the considerations that (1) there is no evidence to regard Chinese as a syllable-timed language; (2) speech rhythm may be more related to regular occurrence and variation of certain prosodic phenomena at particular positions, in stead of isochronal recurrence of any speech unit.


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Bibliographic reference.  Cao, Jianfen (2000): "Rhythm of spoken Chinese - linguistic and paralinguistic evidences -", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 357-360.