Local Speaking Rate and Perceived Quantity: An Experiment with Italian Listeners  

Krull, D., Traunmüller, H., & Bertinetto, P. M.*

*Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, Italy

Proceedings of Fonetik 2006, the XIXth Swedish Phonetics Conference, Lund, June 7-9, 2006. Working Papers 52, Department of Linguistics, Lund University: 81-84.


We have shown in earlier studies that the local speaking rate influences the perception of quantity in Estonian, Finnish and Norwegian listeners. In the present study, Italian listeners were presented the same stimuli. The results show that the languages differ not only in the relative position – preceding or following – of the units that have the strongest influence on the perception of the target segment, but seemingly also in the width of the reference frame.


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