Walk through an international airport terminal and you're bound to hear all sorts of languages being spoken. Of all of their differences — in tone quality, pitch, and even consonant use — the one that sticks out the most is speed. Some like Spanish, Japanese, and Italian seem to speed along like a drumroll, while others, like Vietnamese or French, seem to roll off the tongue at a more leisurely pace. Regardless of these contrasts, new research published in Science Advances found that one key element is the same across the board: The amount of information transmitted through speech is standard regardless of how fast the language tends to be spoken.
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Written by Steffie Drucker September 30, 2019
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