Welcome to the Indiana University

Rhythmic Speech Museum

People everywhere love to talk and love:

  • to sing
  • chant
  • rap
  • recite
  • pray aloud
  • declaim, etc.

Our mission is to document this human compulsion to talk with a pulse.

-The human compulsion to talk with a pulse! -

We notice that very often speakers of all languages talk with an obvious rhythm to their speech.

In order to understand these rhythms, we need to first listen carefully to them. Here we present short clips of speech of many kinds in many languages that exhibit constraints on their timing that are rhythmical - or sometimes doggedly non-rhythmical.

In the larger scheme of things, the inherently rhythmical nature of speech is evidence for the inherent rhythmical tendencies of the human body and the human mind.

Go first to the:

Highlights page for an overview.

If you have trouble listening to these clips, please check the Technical Issues page.

This page was last updated 09/15/99
URL: http://www.cs.indiana.edu/rhythmsp/home.html
Contact: Robert Port, port@indiana.edu
Copyright 1999, The Trustees of Indiana University