Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 20:48:51 -0500 From: Allan Metcalf Subject: Question: regional volubility Does the rapidity of speech vary from place to place? I got this question from a writer for "Walking" magazine. My impression is that rapidity is an individual, not regional or dialectal, characteristic. But I don't know of any studies to support or refute this impression. Do you? (I'm not looking for anecdotal evidence; I know many people believe that folks in one place or another speak fast or slow. My question is, do they really?) Thanks - Allan Metcalf