8th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Antwerp, Belgium
August 27-31, 2007

Audiovisual Emotional Speech of Game Playing Children: Effects of Age and Culture

Suleman Shahid (1), Emiel Krahmer (2), Marc Swerts (2)

(1) Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, The Netherlands
(2) Tilburg University, The Netherlands

In this paper we study how children of different age groups (8 and 12 years old) and with different cultural backgrounds (Dutch and Pakistani) signal positive and negative emotions in audiovisual speech. Data was collected in an ethical way using a simple but surprisingly effective game in which pairs of participants have to guess whether an upcoming card will contain a higher or lower number than a reference card. The data thus collected was used in a series of cross-cultural perception studies, in which Dutch and Pakistani observers classified emotional expressions of Dutch and Pakistani speakers. Results show that classification accuracy is uniformly high for Pakistani children, but drops for older and for winning Dutch children.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shahid, Suleman / Krahmer, Emiel / Swerts, Marc (2007): "Audiovisual emotional speech of game playing children: effects of age and culture", In INTERSPEECH-2007, 2681-2684.