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Re: Statistics for word rate in natural speech

Thank you all for the useful references and discussion!

Another I found for speech rate (wpm) but also syllabic rate is this one:

  title={Speech rates in british english},
  author={Tauroza, Steve and Allison, Desmond},
  journal={Applied linguistics},
  publisher={Am Assoc Appl Ling}



On 21/06/2016 02:56, Kevin Austin wrote:
Thank you.

In Dunn and White(1940) at the bottom of page 282, the article reads:


The one-eighth-second interval, used in the preceding work, was chosen as being of the same order of magnitude as the length of a syllable.

I did not see the reference to ‘how’ this was determined. My reading of ‘order of magnitude’ is that this is a factor of ten. If my understanding is approximately correct, this would mean that rather than 125 ms being the length of a syllable, a syllable could be from about 65ms to 650ms in duration.

My understanding of the article is that it is about peak and R.M.S. pressures in 125 ms intervals in 12 frequency bands up to 12kHz.


On 2016, Jun 20, at 7:33 AM, Christine Rankovic <rankovic@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Dunn and White (1940) is a classic report on speech measurements.  They assumed 1/8-second as the length of a syllable for their classic measurements.

The reference is:  Dunn, H.K. and White, S.D. (1940). Statistical Measurements on Conversational Speech.  Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 11:278-288.

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