Phonogenre affecting voice likability

Rene Altrov, Hille Pajupuu, Jaan Pajupuu

A pleasant voice is an asset not only in various professions but also in speech technologies. This article addresses the correlation between voice likability and phonogenres. Men and women of different age groups were asked to evaluate voice likability in 5-second speech passages arranged into two web-based listening tests, presenting 50 female voices and 60 male voices, respectively. The passages represented three phonogenres: radio commentaries, lectures, and radio talk shows. The results demonstrated the impact of a phonogenre on voice likability scores. The phonogenres were analysed acoustically using the extended Geneva Minimalistic Acoustic Parameter Set (eGeMAPS). Out of the 88 parameters, 27 turned out to be relevant for describing phonogenres (six parameters coincided with male and female voices). The analysis revealed that one of the three phonogenres—lectures—displayed a consistent difference from the other two. Lecturing voices were considered the least likable, irrespective of the age and gender of the speaker as well as the listener.

 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-36

Cite as: Altrov, R., Pajupuu, H., Pajupuu, J. (2018) Phonogenre affecting voice likability. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 177-181, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-36.

  author={Rene Altrov and Hille Pajupuu and Jaan Pajupuu},
  title={Phonogenre affecting voice likability},
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},