13th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Portland, OR, USA
September 9-13, 2012

Is 'not bad' Good Enough? Aspects of Unknown Voices' Likability

Benjamin Weiss (1), Felix Burkhardt (2)

(1) Quality & Usability Lab, Telekom Innovation Laboratories, TU, Berlin, Germany
(2) Telekom Innovation Laboratories, Berlin, Germany

From the DTAG likability database the 30 most and 30 least likable ones have been selected for further phonetic analysis and expert questionnaire. In contrast to dislikable speakers, likable ones exhibit almost no perceivable accent, command style or disfluencies and were rated very high on all six questionnaire scales. Dislikable speakers are only moderately rated. However, dislikable speakers display also lower pronunciation precision, different amount of jitter, lower articulation rate and higher pitch, indicating that just the absence of negatively perceived characterizations is not enough to become a likable speaker.

Index Terms: likability, speaker traits, speaking style

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Weiss, Benjamin / Burkhardt, Felix (2012): "Is 'not bad' good enough? aspects of unknown voices' likability", In INTERSPEECH-2012, 510-513.