Emotional Speech Perception: A set of semantically validated German neutral and emotionally affective sentences

Sabrina Defren, Patricia de Brito Castilho Wesseling, Shanley Allen, Vered Shakuf, Boaz Ben-David, Thomas Lachmann


In order to address the complex interplay of prosody and semantics, we generated a set of sentences suitable for investigating emotional speech perception in German. Forty-seven German native speakers rated the emotional content of sentences on a 6-point Likert scale. From a set of 54 sentences, 10-11 each could reliably be associated with one of four distinct emotions. The remaining 11 were assessed as neutral (expressing no emotion). The unambiguous assignment of semantic (emotional) content will enable the study of prosody as an independent factor. Moreover, the sentences were balanced regarding average word frequency, average phonological neighborhood density, and number of syllables per sentence. This linguistic balance enables us an unbiased evaluation of the roles of semantic content and prosody in emotional speech.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-145

Cite as: Defren, S., de Brito Castilho Wesseling, P., Allen, S., Shakuf, V., Ben-David, B., Lachmann, T. (2018) Emotional Speech Perception: A set of semantically validated German neutral and emotionally affective sentences. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 714-718, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-145.


@inproceedings{Defren2018,
  author={Sabrina Defren and Patricia {de Brito Castilho Wesseling} and Shanley Allen and Vered Shakuf and Boaz {Ben-David} and Thomas Lachmann},
  title={Emotional Speech Perception: A set of semantically validated German neutral and emotionally affective sentences},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={714--718},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-145},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-145}
}