Third International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (ICSLP 94)

Yokohama, Japan
September 18-22, 1994

Perception and Production of Mood in Speech by Cochlear Implant Users

David House

Dept. of Linguistics and Phonetics, Lund University, Lund, Sweden

This paper presents results from a study where speaker mood identification performance of 17 cochlear implant users at two weeks following processor activation was compared to the performance of 13 and 11 members of the same group at 6 months and at more than one year after processor activation respectively. The cochlear implant users as a group showed difficulties confusing happy with angry and sad. Group performance improved only slightly over time while individual differences were considerable, ranging from 25% to 90% correct identification. Changes in production performance were also studied in three of the implant users. In the production study, the most dramatic improvements occurred in recordings made six months after activation. The length of time needed to regain voice control after deafness may indicate a difference between reacquisition speed in perception and production in cochlear implant users.

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Bibliographic reference.  House, David (1994): "Perception and production of mood in speech by cochlear implant users", In ICSLP-1994, 2051-2054.