Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 14:08:50 -0300 From: Chris Brooks 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