12th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Florence, Italy
August 27-31. 2011

Low and High, Short and Long by Crook or by Hook?

Oliver Niebuhr, Astrid Wolf

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

The paper deals with perceived speech rhythm, starting from the observation that two nouns with a conjunction in between ('X and/or Y', cf. title) sound more rhythmical in a particular noun order. A perception experiment on German with real and pseudo nouns provides evidence that speech rhythm is not just created prosodically by means of high and low or long and short syllables, but that the phonetic properties of the vowel nuclei and of the consonantal onsets and offsets of the stressed syllables are separate segmental constituents of speech rhythm.

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Bibliographic reference.  Niebuhr, Oliver / Wolf, Astrid (2011): "Low and high, short and long by crook or by hook?", In INTERSPEECH-2011, 1869-1872.