Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Pitch Range Variation in Child Affective Speech

Ioulia Grichkovtsova, Ineke Mennen

Speech and Hearing Sciences, QMUC, Edinburgh, UK

This study investigates pitch range variation in the affective speech of bilingual and monolingual children. Cross-linguistic differences in affective speech may lead bilingual children to express emotions differently in their two different languages. A cross-linguistically comparable corpus of 6 bilingual Scottish- French children and 12 monolingual peers was recorded according to the developed methodology. The results show that the majority of children use pitch range measurements (overall level and span) to realize differences between some emotions. Monolingual children use analyzed acoustic parameters in a much more homogeneous way than bilinguals. Some results of bilingual children do not strictly correspond to those of monolinguals, and show bidirectional interference.

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Bibliographic reference.  Grichkovtsova, Ioulia / Mennen, Ineke (2006): "Pitch range variation in child affective speech", In SP-2006, paper 193.