10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Emotion Dimensions and Formant Position

Martijn Goudbeek (1), Jean Philippe Goldman (2), Klaus R. Scherer (3)

(1) Tilburg University, The Netherlands
(2) Université de Genève, Switzerland
(3) Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, Switzerland

The influence of emotion on articulatory precision was investigated in a newly established corpus of acted emotional speech. The frequencies of the first and second formant of the vowels /i/, /u/, and /a/ was measured and shown to be significantly affected by emotion dimension. High arousal resulted in a higher mean F1 in all vowels, whereas positive valence resulted in higher mean values for F2. The dimension potency/control showed a pattern of effects that was consistent with a larger vocalic triangle for emotions high in potency/control. The results are interpreted in the context of Schererís component process model.

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Bibliographic reference.  Goudbeek, Martijn / Goldman, Jean Philippe / Scherer, Klaus R. (2009): "Emotion dimensions and formant position", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 1575-1578.