Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

Emotional Prosody - Does Culture Make A Difference?

Felix Burkhardt (1), Nicolas Audibert (2), Lori Malatesta (3), Oytun Türk (4,5), Levent Arslan (4,5), Véronique Aubergé (2)

(1)T-Systems Enterprise Services GmbH, Berlin, Germany
(2) ICP - University of Stendhal, Grenoble, France
(3) IVML - Technical University of Athens, Greece
(4) R&D Dept., Sestek Inc., Istanbul, Turkey
(5) Electrical and Electronics Eng. Dept., Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

We report on a multilingual comparison study on the effects of prosodic changes on emotional speech. The study was conducted in France, Germany, Greece and Turkey. Semantically identical sentences expressing emotional relevant content were translated into the target languages and were manipulated systematically with respect to pitch range, duration model, and jitter simulation. Perception experiments in the participating countries showed relevant effects irrespective of language. Nonetheless, some effects of language are also reported.

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Bibliographic reference.  Burkhardt, Felix / Audibert, Nicolas / Malatesta, Lori / Türk, Oytun / Arslan, Levent / Aubergé, Véronique (2006): "Emotional prosody - does culture make a difference?", In SP-2006, paper 207.