Title
Speech rate in a pluricentric language situation: a comparison between Dutch in Belgium and the Netherlands Speech rate in a pluricentric language situation: a comparison between Dutch in Belgium and the Netherlands
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Publication type
article
Publication
Teddington, Md ,
Source (journal)
Language and speech. - Teddington, Md, 1958, currens
Volume/pages
47(2004) :3 , p. 297-308
ISSN
0023-8309
1756-6053
ISI
000226688700004
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
This paper investigates speech rate in two standard national varieties of Dutch on the basis of 160 15 mins conversations with native speakers who belong to four different regions in the Netherlands and four in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium (Flanders). Speech rate was quantified as articulation rate and speaking rate, both expressed as the number of syllables per second (syll/s). The results show a significant effect of speakers' country of origin: subjects in the Netherlands speak 16% faster than subjects in Belgium (articulation: 5.05 vs. 4.23 syll/s, speaking: 4.23 vs. 4.00 syll/s). In addition, the independent variable sex was also found to be significant: on average, men speak 6% faster than women (articulation: 4.79 vs. 4.50 syll/s, speaking: 4.23 vs. 4.01 syll/s). The independent variable age was significant too: younger subjects speak 5% faster than older ones (articulation: 4.78 vs. 4.52 syll/s, speaking: 4.23 vs. 4.01 syll/s). The findings of this study confirm the traditional view that speech rate is determined by extralinguistic variables, but also suggest that there may be intrinsic tempo differences between language varieties.
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