Second International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP'92)

Banff, Alberta, Canada
October 13-16, 1992

Emotional Modalities and Intonation in Spoken Language

Cari Spring (1), Donna Erickson (1), Thomas Call (2)

(1) Speech and Hearing Science, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
(2) TACAN Corporation, Carlsbad, California, USA

This study reports on listener perception of contrastive emphasis in natural language utterances varied for emotional modality. Length and F0 correlates of well-perceived corrected digits indicate that length but not a L+H* rising contour cues listeners that the digit is emphasized. Length of vowels poorly perceived for contrastive emphasis but agreed by listeners to be emotional are compared with well-perceived corrected digits. Utterances which listeners agree are emotional are shown to have a high misperception rate for the corrected digit, and those with low listener agreement for emotion have a low misperception rate for the corrected digit.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Spring, Cari / Erickson, Donna / Call, Thomas (1992): "Emotional modalities and intonation in spoken language", In ICSLP-1992, 679-682.