8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Comparing American and Palestinian Perceptions of Charisma Using Acoustic-Prosodic and Lexical Analysis

Fadi Biadsy, Julia Hirschberg, Andrew Rosenberg, Wisam Dakka

Columbia University, USA

Charisma, the ability to lead by virtue of personality alone, is difficult to define but relatively easy to identify. However, cultural factors clearly affect perceptions of charisma. In this paper we compare results from parallel perception studies investigating charismatic speech in Palestinian Arabic and American English. We examine acoustic/prosodic and lexical correlates of charisma ratings to determine how the two cultures differ with respect to their views of charismatic speech.

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Bibliographic reference.  Biadsy, Fadi / Hirschberg, Julia / Rosenberg, Andrew / Dakka, Wisam (2007): "Comparing american and palestinian perceptions of charisma using acoustic-prosodic and lexical analysis", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 2221-2224.