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Средна скорост на речта за българския език (пилотно изследване)
Average speech rate in Bulgarian (a pilot study)

Author(s): Gergana Padareva-Ilieva
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Phonetics / Phonology, Language acquisition, Psycholinguistics, Cognitive linguistics
Published by: Институт за български език „Проф. Любомир Андрейчин“, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: average speech rate; Bulgarian language; adults; talking task
Summary/Abstract: Bulgarian science has not yet established the average speech rate of adult native speakers of Bulgarian during a talking task. This pilot study aims to measure the average rate of natural speech by applying a methodology in which the measurable speech unit is syllable per minute. 30 individuals (10 men and 20 women) participated in the experiment. They were asked to talk for at least 2 minutes on a topic of their choice. The study found that the speech rate was 280 syllables per minute. Within this pilot experiment, a comparison was also made between men’s and women’s speech, showing a very insignificant difference genderwise.

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