Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Perception of Anger in French as Foreign Language - Experimental Protocol and Preliminary Results

Catherine Mathon, Sophie de Abreu, Daniela Perekopska

Atelier de Recherches sur la Parole, Université Paris 7 Denis Diderot, Paris, France

Learners of a foreign language must perceive the emotions of their interlocutor. They must also learn to reproduce the prosodic patterns associated with different emotions in the target language, otherwise the communication fails. Our project deals with 3 main questions: How are emotions perceived in a foreign language? Will a learner be able to reproduce such an emotion, and, if so, how? How will these (re)productions be recognized by native speakers? We concentrated on the study of the emotion "Anger". This paper aims to show whether prosody provides enough information to allow students of French as a Foreign Language (FFL) to recognize this emotion. The perceptual test presented here is original because it is based on the use of a corpus of spontaneous French, containing ‘real’ emotions. We focus here on the first stage of our research: the results of the perception of anger by Czech and Portuguese speakers. We insist on the methodology as well as the experimental protocol in our work, as they represent the main framework of our project.

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Bibliographic reference.  Mathon, Catherine / Abreu, Sophie de / Perekopska, Daniela (2006): "Perception of anger in French as foreign language - experimental protocol and preliminary results", In SP-2006, paper 168.