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Rhythm, Timing and the Timing of Rhythm

Arvaniti A.

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University of California, San Diego, Calif., USA

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Amalia Arvaniti, Department of Linguistics, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Dr. No. 0108, La Jolla, CA 92093-0108 (USA), Tel. +1 858 534 8409, Fax +1 858 534 4789, E-Mail amalia@ling.ucsd.edu

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Phonetica 2009;66:46–63

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Abstract

This article reviews the evidence for rhythmic categorization that has emerged on the basis of rhythm metrics, and argues that the metrics are unreliable predictors of rhythm which provide no more than a crude measure of timing. It is further argued that timing is distinct from rhythm and that equating them has led to circularity and a psychologically questionable conceptualization of rhythm in speech. It is thus proposed that research on rhythm be based on the same principles for all languages, something that does not apply to the widely accepted division of languages into stress- and syllable-timed. The hypothesis is advanced that these universal principles are grouping and prominence and evidence to support it is provided.

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Received: September 15, 2008
Accepted: January 08, 2009
Published online: April 08, 2009
Issue release date: April 2009

Number of Print Pages: 18
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0031-8388 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-0321 (Online)

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