Archive of the Doowop Museum
The first level of our typology is SPEECH ALONE vs. SPEECH WITH EXTERNAL BEATS. The most basic distinction in our typology is whether there is some externally imposed beat pattern or not.
The second primary distinction is whether the speaker is performing SOLO or is constrained to try to stick together with a GROUP of speakers.
After these two distinctions, we group our audio clips by the approximate degree of regularity of the timing -- from least to most regular.
Typology of Rhythmic Speech
Samples that have already been collected (in some form) are marked with askterisk *. However, none of these are currently mounted on the web (as of July 24, 1997). ``Stay tuned,'' as they say on radio.
Song or rhythmic speech? Since we are focussing on the temporal structure of speech, we will ignore the issue of musical scales for voice pitch. Thus an unaccompanied song is treated as identical to a poem recitation.
Degrees of Rhythmicity. We assume that for most languages, there is a continuum between speaking styles that are highly Regular (or Rhythmic) and those with Unconstrained Timing.
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