Acoustic-prosodic and paralinguistic analyses of “uun” and “unun”

Carlos Ishi, Hiroaki Hatano, Miyako Kiso


The speaking style of an interjection contains discriminative features on its expressed intention, attitude or emotion. In the present work, we analyzed acoustic-prosodic features and the paralinguistic functions of two variations of the interjection “un”, a lengthened pattern “uun” and a repeated pattern “unun”, which are often found in Japanese conversational speech. Analysis results indicate that there are differences in the paralinguistic function expressed by “uun” and “unun”, as well as different trends on F0 contour types according to the conveyed paralinguistic information.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-8

Cite as: Ishi, C., Hatano, H., Kiso, M. (2014) Acoustic-prosodic and paralinguistic analyses of “uun” and “unun”. Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014, 100-104, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-8.


@inproceedings{Ishi2014,
  author={Carlos Ishi and Hiroaki Hatano and Miyako Kiso},
  title={{Acoustic-prosodic and paralinguistic analyses of “uun” and “unun”}},
  year=2014,
  booktitle={Proc. 7th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2014},
  pages={100--104},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-8},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2014-8}
}