Speech Rate and Pauses in the Speech of Migrant Women from Multicultural Families

다문화가정 이주여성의 발화속도와 쉼

Hwang, Ji-Sung;Lee, Sook-Hyang

  • Received : 2011.10.27
  • Accepted : 2012.01.30
  • Published : 2012.02.29


The purpose of this paper is to provide basic data for development of Korean teaching programs for immigrant women from multicultural families through the acoustic analysis of their speech rate and pauses. They showed slower speech rate, longer pause duration, and higher frequency of pauses compared to a Korean women's group. Philippine women, whose residence duration in Korea is relatively longer than that of Vietnamese women, were more similar to Korean women. The slower speech rate of the immigrant women seems to be due to their slower articulation rate and their reading habit of inserting a pause after almost every word in a sentence.


Multicultural family;Immigrant women;Speech rate;Pause duration;Frequency of pauses


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