ISCA Tutorial and Research Workshop on Experimental Linguistics (ExLing 2008)

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2008

"Deep and Raspy" or "High and Squeaky": a Cross-Linguistic Study of Voice Perception and Voice Labeling

Begoña Payá Herrero

Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich, Germany

Vocal correlates for identity markers were sought by interviewing 60 candidates of three nationalities and by analysing their average pitch, intensity, speech rate and speech length. National differences were found in pitch and specially speech rate but no clear vocal correlates for the personality parameter of introversion/extroversion were found. An analysis of the voice labels given by the candidates showed that there are common voice stereotypes for sexy voices and unpleasant voices, despite some minor national differences in the use of labels such as sweet or nasal. Finally, a perception test proved that there is a high-interrater consistency in judgements about voice and personality and that basic emotions and attitudes are well recognised, irrespectively of the language knowledge.

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Bibliographic reference.  Herrero, Begoña Payá (2008): ""deep and raspy" or "high and squeaky": a cross-linguistic study of voice perception and voice labeling", In ExLing-2008, 109-112.