The speed of language (infographic)

Less dense languages sound faster

Have you ever wondered why some languages sound faster than the others? The difference in the speed of the language can be noticed, for instance, in dubbed movies.

To explore the speed of languages, researchers from the Université de Lyon recruited 59 volunteers, both women and men, who were native speakers of one of 7 common languages. They were asked to read 20 different texts. It total, almost 600 recordings were made.

The infographic you’ll see below, designed by Sofya Yampolsky, highlights the outcome of the survey.

The conclusion of the research is that less dense languages, such as Japanese or Spanish, sound faster than more dense ones. You can read more about the survey in this article on Time.

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