Saturday, September 17, 2011

Language Matters | An Interesting Phonetic Fact

Posted by cutiefasha at 3:53 PM


Words of two syllables are not necessarily longer than words of one syllable. 

If we measure the amount of time it takes us to say a word like dad we come up with a length of 520 milliseconds. 

The word daddy, though, which is two syllables long, takes only 420 milliseconds.

Try it and see if you agree :)


Source: LIN100Y1 Textbook | Contemporary Linguistic Analysis 

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