How parents motivate their children through prosody

Silke Paulmann, Berdien Vrijders, Netta Weinstein, Maarten Vansteenkiste


To shed light on how prosody patterns used by parents to motivate their children, the current study investigated which acoustic features define motivational speech. In particular, we focused on instances in which a controlling versus autonomy- supportive tone of voice was used by parents. To this aim, Dutch parent-child interactions were analyzed acoustically. Results of a hierarchical linear modelling analysis showed that the acoustic parameters intensity and speech rate differed significantly for both types of motivational speech. More specifically, controlling messages were uttered with a louder voice and faster rate than autonomy-supportive messages, which were conveyed using a quieter voice and slower rate. Findings support earlier research on motivational prosody and extend them to more spontaneous interactions, as well as to another language group.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-51

Cite as: Paulmann, S., Vrijders, B., Weinstein, N., Vansteenkiste, M. (2018) How parents motivate their children through prosody. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 250-254, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-51.


@inproceedings{Paulmann2018,
  author={Silke Paulmann and Berdien Vrijders and Netta Weinstein and Maarten Vansteenkiste},
  title={How parents motivate their children through prosody},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={250--254},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-51},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-51}
}