Speech Prosody 2004

Nara, Japan
March 23-26, 2004

Prosodic Styles and Personality Styles: Are the Two Interrelated?

Brigitte Zellner-Keller

Dept. Clinical Psychology & Rehabilitative Psychiatry, University of Bern, Switzerland, and IMM, Lettres, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The "individuation" of oral language - what makes a speaker different from another - is still largely an unknown territory [1], especially with respect to the individual and creative use of speech prosody. This pilot study raises fundamental, methodological and empirical issues concerning the relationship between speakers’ prosodic styles and their personality profiles. Our preliminary results support the hypothesis of a relationship between prosodic styles and "personality style" as perceived by listeners.


  1. Kienast, M., Glitza, F. (2003) Respiratory Sounds as an Idiosyncratic Feature in Speaker Recognition. Proceedings of 15th ICPhS, (1607-1610. Barcelona. ISBN 1-876346-48-5 © 2003 UAB.

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Bibliographic reference.  Zellner-Keller, Brigitte (2004): "Prosodic styles and personality styles: are the two interrelated?", In SP-2004, 383-386.