Speech Prosody 2006

Dresden, Germany
May 2-5, 2006

The Use of Multi-Pitch Patterns for Evaluating the Positive and Negative Valence of Emotional Speech

Norman D. Cook, Takashi X. Fujisawa

Department of Informatics, Kansai University, Takatsuki, Osaka, Japan

We report the application of a psychophysical model of harmony perception to the analysis of speech intonation. The model was designed to reproduce the empirical findings on the perception of musical chords, but it does not depend on specific musical scales or tuning systems. Application to speech intonation produces values corresponding to the total dissonance, tension and affective valence among the dominant pitches used in the speech utterance.

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Bibliographic reference.  Cook, Norman D. / Fujisawa, Takashi X. (2006): "The use of multi-pitch patterns for evaluating the positive and negative valence of emotional speech", In SP-2006, paper 244.