ISCA Archive Interspeech 2005
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2005

A database of German emotional speech

Felix Burkhardt, A. Paeschke, M. Rolfes, Walter F. Sendlmeier, Benjamin Weiss

The article describes a database of emotional speech. Ten actors (5 female and 5 male) simulated the emotions, producing 10 German utterances (5 short and 5 longer sentences) which could be used in everyday communication and are interpretable in all applied emotions.

The recordings were taken in an anechoic chamber with high-quality recording equipment. In addition to the sound electro-glottograms were recorded. The speech material comprises about 800 sentences (seven emotions * ten actors * ten sentences + some second versions).

The complete database was evaluated in a perception test regarding the recognisability of emotions and their naturalness. Utterances recognised better than 80% and judged as natural by more than 60% of the listeners were phonetically labelled in a narrow transcription with special markers for voice-quality, phonatory and articulatory settings and articulatory features.

The database can be accessed by the public via the internet (

doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2005-446

Cite as: Burkhardt, F., Paeschke, A., Rolfes, M., Sendlmeier, W.F., Weiss, B. (2005) A database of German emotional speech. Proc. Interspeech 2005, 1517-1520, doi: 10.21437/Interspeech.2005-446

  author={Felix Burkhardt and A. Paeschke and M. Rolfes and Walter F. Sendlmeier and Benjamin Weiss},
  title={{A database of German emotional speech}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2005},