Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

A Place for Prosody in a Unified Model of Cognition and Emotion

Branka Zei Pollermann

Liaison Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Geneva, Switzerland

The relationship between cognition and emotion has been one of major stumbling blocks in defining the concept of emotion. We argue that a unified model of cognition and emotion based on interactionist epistemology would allow to unambiguously define emotion and thus facilitate research in affective aspects of speech communication. The main tenet of the model is that cognition itself includes three dimensions of affective space: valence, arousal and coping power. The semiological status of prosody is discussed and two examples of our own research are given.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zei Pollermann, Branka (2002): "A place for prosody in a unified model of cognition and emotion", In SP-2002, 17-22.