ExLing 2010 - Third Workshop on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2010

Exploring Sound Symbolism in the Investigation of Speech Expressivity

Sandra Madureira (1), Zuleica Antonia de Camargo (1,2)

(1) Integrated Acoustic Analysis and Cognition Laboratory-LIAAC-Catholic University of Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
(2) Voice and Speech Laboratory- Cefac Institute, Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

The objective of this paper is to examine specific uses of sound symbolism concerning segmental and prosodic properties. The typology developed by Hilton et al (2004) is taken as reference. The corpus of this work is a poem recorded by a professional actor. A research methodology comprising prosodic perceptual analysis, prosodic acoustic analysis and affective states evaluation tests is proposed. The results indicate the speaking strategies used by the actor have been found to make use of three types of sound symbolism (synesthesic, imitative and metalinguistic). Correlations among acoustic properties, perceived affective states and text meaning production demonstrate productive use of sound symbolism and corroborate the discussion on the direct links between sound and meaning.

Index Terms. speech expressivity, sound symbolism, acoustic and perceptual cues

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Bibliographic reference.  Madureira, Sandra / Camargo, Zuleica Antonia de (2010): "Exploring sound symbolism in the investigation of speech expressivity", In ExLing-2010, 105-108.