Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 14:08:50 -0300
From: Chris Brooks chris[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]HSCC.KUNIV.EDU.KW
Subject: Re: Question: regional volubility
Interesting question, Allan. How would one measure speed of delivery?
Phonemes per minute? Also, different phonemes would have different
lengths, wouldn't they? I believe "long" vowels do actually last
longer than short vowels in addition to their different quality or
place of formation in the mouth (in English at least)
Anecdotally and within my limited experience, Cuban Spanish appears to
be the most rapid; and I haven't heard anything yet to match the
headlong rush of syllables delivered by my Malayalam-speaking
acquaintances here in Kuwait. Also, they seem to not open their
mouths very much when speaking! How could a person ever learn this
language--as opposed to acquire it as a native speaker? Any reactions?
Onthe other end of the scale, are there languages whose speakers are
noted for their especially slow delivery?
chris brooks / kuwait