Language acquisition

Speech rhythm

My interest in infants' perception of rhythm led me to investigate, in collaboration with Marina Nespor (Ferrara), more fundamental aspects of speech rhythm and to contribute new data to the old question of whether languages can be sorted into a limited number of distinct "rhythm classes": 

Ramus, F., Nespor, M., & Mehler, J. (1999). Correlates of linguistic rhythm in the speech signal. Cognition, 73(3), 265-292. reprint

Ramus, F., & Mehler, J. (1999). Language identification with suprasegmental cues: A study based on speech resynthesis. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 105(1), 512-521. reprint

Ramus, F. (2002). Acoustic correlates of linguistic rhythm: Perspectives. In Proceedings of Speech Prosody 2002, Aix-en-Provence, 11-13/04/02 (pp. 115-120). reprint

Ramus, F., Dupoux, E., & Mehler, J. (2003). The psychological reality of rhythm classes: Perceptual studies. Paper presented at the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, 3-9/08/03 (pp. 337-342). reprint

For my perceptual experiments I used speech resynthesis techniques. You can hear samples of my stimuli here.