Speech Prosody 2008

Campinas, Brazil
May 6-9, 2008

The Roles of Breathy/Whispery Voice Qualities in Dialogue Speech

Carlos Toshinori Ishi, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Norihiro Hagita

Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories, ATR, Kyoto, Japan

Qualitative analyses are conducted in spontaneous dialogue speech of several speakers, to verify the paralinguistic roles of breathy/whispery voice qualities in communication. Analyses show that breathy/whispery voices carry a variety of emotion- or attitude-related paralinguistic information. Breathiness often appeared in emphasized words/phrases, having the effect of calling/catching the listenerís attention. It also rhythmically appeared in utterances expressing the speakerís excitement. In backchannels, breathiness has the effect of expressing politeness or interest to the listenerís talk. When accompanied by a softer voice quality, breathiness is used to call/catch the listenerís attention, while expressing gentleness or tenderness. A more whispered and low-powered voice quality appears in confidential talking, embarrassment, or when the speaker is talking to oneself.

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Bibliographic reference.  Ishi, Carlos Toshinori / Ishiguro, Hiroshi / Hagita, Norihiro (2008): "The roles of breathy/whispery voice qualities in dialogue speech", In SP-2008, 45-48.