8th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing

Jeju Island, Korea
October 4-8, 2004

Perception of Affect in Speech - towards an Automatic Processing of Paralinguistic Information in Spoken Conversation

Nick Campbell

Network Informatics Lab, Japan

This paper reports a study of the perception of affective information in conversational speech utterances and shows that there are consistent differences in the acoustic features of same-word utterances that are perceived as having different discourse effects or displaying different affective states. We propose that rather than selecting one label to describe each utterance, a vector of activations across a range of features may be more appropriate. This finding complicates the representation of speech elements, but offers a more appropriate description of their attributes.

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Bibliographic reference.  Campbell, Nick (2004): "Perception of affect in speech - towards an automatic processing of paralinguistic information in spoken conversation", In INTERSPEECH-2004, 881-884.