A corpus study of durational rhythmic measures in the Kalhori variety of Kurdish





durational variability, acoustic correlations, rhythmic measures, Kalhori, Kurdish


In order to identify between-sentence and between-speaker variabilities, one of the methods used by phoneticians is studying durational rhythmic features. In the present research, to classify speech rhythm of Kalhori, a variety of Kurdish, and to find out about the most appropriate measures for between-sentence and between-speaker rhythmic variability in Kalhori, durational speech rhythmic measures were analyzed. To this end, two speaking styles (read and spontaneous) were explored. The analysis of the read corpus revealed that Kalhori Kurdish rhythm pattern is between stress-timed and syllable-timed. The results indicated that %V (proportion over which speech is vocalic) was the most significant measure for distinguishing between-sentence rhythmic variability in the read corpus, while %V and rateSyl (syllable rate) were the most efficient measures for identifying the between-speaker rhythmic variability in both the read and spontaneous corpus.


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Taghva, N., Moloodi, A., Abolhasanizadeh, V., & Tabei, R. (2023). A corpus study of durational rhythmic measures in the Kalhori variety of Kurdish. Loquens, 10(1-2), e098. https://doi.org/10.3989/loquens.2023.e098