11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Language Specific Effects of Emotion on Phoneme Duration

Martijn Goudbeek (1), Mirjam Broersma (2)

(1) Tilburg University, The Netherlands
(2) Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands

This paper presents an analysis of phoneme durations of emotional speech in two languages: Dutch and Korean. The analyzed corpus of emotional speech has been specifically developed for the purpose of cross-linguistic comparison, and is more balanced than any similar corpus available so far: a) it contains expressions by both Dutch and Korean actors and is based on judgments by both Dutch and Korean listeners; b) the same elicitation technique and recording procedure were used for recordings of both languages; and c) the phonetics of the carrier phrase were constructed to be permissible in both languages. The carefully controlled phonetic content of the carrier phrase allows for analysis of the role of specific phonetic features, such as phoneme duration, in emotional expression in Dutch and Korean. In this study the mutual effect of language and emotion on phoneme duration is presented.

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Bibliographic reference.  Goudbeek, Martijn / Broersma, Mirjam (2010): "Language specific effects of emotion on phoneme duration", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 2026-2029.