Speech Prosody 2002

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

The Prosody of Authentic Emotions

Roland Kehrein

Forschungsinstitut "Deutscher Sprachatlas", Philipps-University of Marburg, Germany

Prosodic variation in oral communication can occasion a shift in how a speaker's feelings and emotions are interpreted, a finding that is both commonsense and well established within the scientific community. However, neither psychologists nor researchers in linguistic and communication sciences have yet achieved clarity concerning the exact relations between the two phenomena. This paper outlines the results of a study dealing with the expression of emotions in "natural" spoken language. In this study some light could be shed on the fundamental relations between units of prosody and other signalling systems active in the expression of emotions. Results show that emotions are merely perceived as discrete and are in fact semantic composites, constructed out of several elements which each bear individual semantic components.

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Bibliographic reference.  Kehrein, Roland (2002): "The prosody of authentic emotions", In SP-2002, 423-426.