4th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Philadelphia, PA, USA
October 3-6, 1996

Adding the Affective Dimension: A New Look in Speech Analysis and Synthesis

Klaus R. Scherer

University of Geneva, Switzerland

This introduction to a special session on "Emotion in recognition and synthesis" highlights the need to understand the effects of affective speaker states on voice and speech on a psychophysiological level. It is argued that major advances in speaker verification, speech recognition, and natural-sounding speech synthesis depend on increases in our knowledge of the mechanisms underlying voice and speech production under emotional arousal or other attitudinal states, as well as on a more adequate understanding of listener decoding of affect from vocal quality. A brief review of the current state of the art is provided.

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Bibliographic reference.  Scherer, Klaus R. (1996): "Adding the affective dimension: a new look in speech analysis and synthesis", In ICSLP-1996, 1811.