Sixth International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
(ICSLP 2000)

Beijing, China
October 16-20, 2000

A Cross-Cultural Investigation of Emotion Inferences From Voice and Speech: Implications for Speech Technology

Klaus R. Scherer

University of Geneva, Switzerland

Recent years have seen increasing efforts to improve speech technology tools such as speaker verification, speech recognition, and speech synthesis by taking voice and speech variations due to speaker emotion or attitudes into account. Given the global marketing of speech technology products, it is of vital importance to establish whether the vocal changes produced by emotional and attitudinal factors are universal or vary over cultures and/or languages. The answer to this question determines whether similar algorithms can be used to factor out (or produce) emotional variations across all languages and cultures. This contribution describes the first large-scale effort to obtain empirical data on this issue by studying emotion recognition from voice in nine countries on three different continents.

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Bibliographic reference.  Scherer, Klaus R. (2000): "A cross-cultural investigation of emotion inferences from voice and speech: implications for speech technology", In ICSLP-2000, vol.2, 379-382.