Interspeech'2005 - Eurospeech

Lisbon, Portugal
September 4-8, 2005

A Database of German Emotional Speech

Felix Burkhardt (1), A. Paeschke (2), M. Rolfes (3), Walter F. Sendlmeier (2), Benjamin Weiss (4)

(1) T-Systems International GmbH, Germany; (2) TU Berlin, Germany; (3) LKA Berlin, Germany; (4) HU Berlin, Germany

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 (

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Burkhardt, Felix / Paeschke, A. / Rolfes, M. / Sendlmeier, Walter F. / Weiss, Benjamin (2005): "A database of German emotional speech", In INTERSPEECH-2005, 1517-1520.