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ERIC Number: ED011338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Oct-19
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
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PROBLEMS OF MEASURING SPEECH RATE.
CARROLL, JOHN B.
A DISCUSSION WAS PRESENTED ON THE PROBLEMS OF MEASURING SPEECH RATE, A CRITICAL VARIABLE IN SPEECH COMPRESSION, BOTH IN DESCRIBING THE INPUT TO ANY SPEECH COMPRESSION SYSTEM AND IN CHARACTERIZING THE OUTPUT. THE DISCUSSION WAS LIMITED TO SPEECH RATE MEASUREMENT OF "ORAL READING RATE," ONLY, AND DID NOT DEAL WITH THE MEASUREMENT OF "SPONTANEOUS SPEECH." IT WAS REPORTED THAT IF MEASUREMENTS ARE TAKEN AS "UNITS OF SPEECH OUTPUT PER UNIT OF TIME," THEY WILL NORMALLY BE DISTRIBUTED OVER PERSONS OR OCCASIONS, BUT MEASUREMENTS WILL BE POSITIVELY SKEWED IF TAKEN AS "AMOUNT OF TIME PER UNIT OF PERFORMANCE." THE USE OF "UNITS OF TIME PER UNIT OF SPEECH OUTPUT" WAS SHOWN TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE IF VERY SMALL TIME UNITS ARE USED TO REPORT SPEECH RATE DATA. "WORDS PER MINUTE" WAS DISCOUNTED AS A UNIT OF SPEECH BECAUSE WORDS VARY IN LENGTH. AS PHONEMES ARE DIFFICULT TO COUNT, THE SYLLABLE WAS RECOMMENDED AS THE UNIT OF SPEECH OUTPUT FOR MEASURING SPEECH RATE, WITHOUT ACCEPTING REPRESENTATIVE VALUES OF THE UNITS. THESE VALUES COULD BE STANDARDIZED BY FURTHER RESEARCH. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDED WITH A DISCUSSION ON THE COLLECTION OF NORMATIVE DATA FOR STANDARDIZING THE USE OF SPEECH UNITS FOR PRECISE ORAL READING MEASUREMENTS. THIS PAPER WAS PREPARED FOR PRESENTATION AT A CONFERENCE ON SPEECH COMPRESSION, UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE, OCTOBER 19, 1966. (JH)
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Identifiers: CAMBRIDGE; Kentucky (Louisville)