Sixth European Conference on Speech Communication and Technology
(EUROSPEECH'99)

Budapest, Hungary
September 5-9, 1999

Articulatory Reduction in Emotional Speech

Miriam Kienast, Astrid Paeschke, Walter Sendlmeier

Technical University Berlin, Institute of Communication Science, Germany

The present study aims at examining vocal expression of emotion. Emotionally loaded speech material produced by actors was analyzed with reference to the accuracy of articulation as well as to the duration of syllables and segments. It was investigated whether the vocal expression of several emotions (anger, happiness, fear and sadness) differ from one another and from neutral speech with respect to the durational and qualitative reduction of articulation. The obtained results suggest that accuracy of articulation and durational aspects are useful parameters to characterize especially the emotions anger, fear and sadness.


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Bibliographic reference.  Kienast, Miriam / Paeschke, Astrid / Sendlmeier, Walter (1999): "Articulatory reduction in emotional speech", In EUROSPEECH'99, 117-120.