Fourth ISCA ITRW on Speech Synthesis

August 29 - September 1, 2001
Perthshire, Scotland

Linking Form to Meaning: The Expression and Recognition of Emotions Through Prosody

Li-chiung Yang and Nick Campbell

Japan Science and Technology Corporation, CREST and
Information Sciences Division, ATR International, Kyoto, Japan

Emotion is an integral component of human speech, and prosody uniquely represents the expressive meaning that is fundamental to communication. In this study we demonstrate how the subtle and finely differentiated meanings permeating spontaneous speech are communicated by prosodic variations and show that it is the differences in shape that communicate the degree of uncertainty or certainty with respect to the speaker's knowledge state, specific emotional states, the intensity of emotion, and the effects of other co-occurring emotions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yang, Li-chiung / Campbell, Nick (2001): "Linking form to meaning: The expression and recognition of emotions through prosody", In SSW4-2001, paper 141.