Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

Articulatory Characteristics of Emotional Utterances in Spoken English

Donna Erickson (1), Arthur Abramson (2), Kikuo Maekawa (3), Tokihiko Kaburagi (4)

(1) Gifu City Womenís College, Japan
(2) Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, CT, USA
(3) National Language Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan
(4) Kyushu Inst. Design, Fukuoka, Japan

Acoustic and articulatory properties of emotional utterances in English were examined using articulatory (EMA) recordings of speech elicited from two speakers of American English. The speakers produced 10 to 12 repetitions of the sentence "Thatís wonderful," using several different intonational patterns and types of paralinguistic information. Perception tests showed that listeners could perceive the emotions intended by the speakers. Furthermore, F0, formant frequencies, jaw and tongue dorsum position changed as a function of the particular emotion. Initial analysis suggests that the emotion "anger" may involve more jaw lowering, "suspicion," a raising of the tongue, and "admiration," a lowering of the tongue.

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Bibliographic reference.  Erickson, Donna / Abramson, Arthur / Maekawa, Kikuo / Kaburagi, Tokihiko (2000): "Articulatory characteristics of emotional utterances in spoken English", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 365-368.