Some Notes on Reading Talkers, Material and Reading Rate Research Article
Research Article  |   March 01, 1980
Some Notes on Reading
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • N. Umeda
    Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey
  • A. M. S. Quinn
    Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey
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Research Articles
Research Article   |   March 01, 1980
Some Notes on Reading
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1980, Vol. 23, 56-72. doi:10.1044/jshr.2301.56
History: Received September 21, 1978 , Accepted May 21, 1979
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, March 1980, Vol. 23, 56-72. doi:10.1044/jshr.2301.56
History: Received September 21, 1978; Accepted May 21, 1979

This paper describes a method of estimating a person's reading rate from a small sample of his speech (in other words, a short sentence). Reading rate was obtained by measuring the speaking portion of a considerable amount of reading, .and dividing it by the number of phonemes in the material (this is called the grand mean). Out of 108 sentences read by four talkers, 58 having 15 words or less were selected. The ratio of unstressed to stressed syllables, and the number of syllables per occurrence of terminal lengthening were calculated for each of the 58 sentences. Sentences with both of these values in the middle range were considered to have an average phoneme duration close to the grand mean. The prediction was compared to actual readings by four talkers, with 83 percent agreement. The Summary section contains instructions for applying our method of estimating a person's reading rate. Those who are interested should read the Summary section and the Appendix first.

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