Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 10:01:58 -0400 From: Paul Fallon Subject: Re: Question: regional volubility Wolfram's text _Dialects and American English_ (pp. 56-57) alludes to the fact that there are different perceptions of rhythm, perhaps influenced by southern monopthongization of diphthongs, but unfortunately he gives no citations. John Laver's new book _Principles of Phonetics_ (and referencs therein) have an excellent discussion of problems measuring rate of speaking vs. rate of articulation (Ch. 17). He cites a comparative study by Gosy (1991b) which gives average speaking rates in several languages. Dutch ranges from 5.9 to 9.3 syllables/second, with French apparently the slowest of the five languages cited at 4.7 to 6.8 syllables/second. He also cites Ramsaran's (1978) study of six Rp speakers based on 20 hours of tape-recorded data. The slowest rate was 3.1 syll/sec (7.6 segments/sec) to the fastest at 5.4 syll/sec (13.4 segments/sec). I hope this helps with the thread on speed, but I don't know of any works dealing with American dialectal variation wrt rate of speaking or rate of articulation. Paul Fallon pfallon[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]