Issues in the Acoustic Measurement of Rhythm

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Part of the Educational Linguistics book series (EDUL, volume 15)

Abstract

This paper focuses on the acoustic measurement of rhythm, using a modified version of the Pairwise Variability Index (PVI) developed by Ling, Grabe and Nolan (J Phonetics 29:217–230, 2000). It considers issues that arise when the PVI is used and how they can be dealt with, and it discusses the effectiveness of the PVI in contrasting the rhythm of 2 varieties of English by comparing recordings of the Wolf passage by 20 Bruneians with similar recordings of British speakers. Finally, there is a discussion of the status of rhythm in the teaching of English, specifically whether it is appropriate for teachers to promote stress-based rhythm in the speech of their students.

Keywords

Acoustic Measurement Content Word Function Word Short Vowel Consonant Cluster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversity of Brunei DarussalamBandar Seri BegawanBrunei Darussalam

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