Sex-specific durational differences in English and Swedish  

Adrian Paul Simpson^ & Christine Ericsdotter

^ Institut für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, Friedrich-Schiller Universität, Jena

In the Proceedings of the XVth ICPhS, Barcelona, August 3-9, 2003: 1113-1116.

ABSTRACT

Following a survey of sex-speci.c duration di.erences (restricted mainly to vowels) found in a number of languages, data from 48 speakers of American English and 9 speakers of Central Standard Swedish are investigated for sex-speci.c di.erences in segment duration. A set of complex patterns arise from the data. Greater female durations are mainly con.ned to places of prominence, greater male durations to consonantal material. Since di.erences in whole-utterance duration are found to be the exception, intra-utterance duration di.erences result from di.erences in temporal distribution.


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