Different languages have traditionally been classified into different rhythm types. Most studies of rhythm have either implicitly or explicitly accepted that rhythm is an inherent property of a language. This study aims to determine whether rhythm is an intrinsic property of languages, or whether rhythm is an epiphenomenal byproduct of the phonotactic structures of a given stimulus. The question that this project addresses is to what extent the phonological properties of a language can be correlated with rhythmic categories; for instance, whether a language has consonant clusters, makes use of contrastive tone, has complex syllables, exhibits vowel reduction, etc. and whether these can be linked to what kind of rhythmic profile a language fits into.
Bibliographic reference. Brown, Jason / Matene, Eden (2014): "Is speech rhythm an intrinsic property of language?", In INTERSPEECH-2014, 1693-1697.