UM-CoEDL Zoom Seminar: Studying speech rate cross-linguistically, Frank Seifart, 14 Aug
Seminar: Studying speech rate cross-linguistically
Speaker:Frank Seifart, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
When: 14 Aug 2020, 4pm
Where: via zoom - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for zoom link
In the first part of this talk, I will introduce DoReCo (http://doreco.info), an initiative to create a multilingual reference corpus consisting of at least 10,000 words for at least 50 languages. DoReCo extracts from language documentation collections narrative texts that are already transcribed, translated into a major language, and morphologically analyzed. Within DoReCo, these data are being converted to a common file format and time-aligned with audio recordings at the phoneme level using the MAUS software. In the second part of this talk, I will present two ongoing cross-linguistic studies on a subset of this corpus: One study investigates phonetic word duration, in particular regarding lengthening in utterance-final position. Another study investigates asymmetries in pause probabilities before nouns vs. verbs and argues that these motivate typological asymmetries in the occurrence of prefixes.