14thAnnual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Lyon, France
August 25-29, 2013

Prosodic Cues of Sarcastic Speech in French: Slower, Higher, Wider

Hélène Lœvenbruck (1), Mohamed Ameur Ben Jannet (1), Mariapaola D'Imperio (2), Mathilde Spini (2), Maud Champagne-Lavau (2)

(1) GIPSA, France
(2) LPL, France

Verbal irony is characterized by the use of specific acoustic modulations, especially global prosodic cues as well as vowel hyperarticulation. Little is known concerning the expression of sarcastic speech in French. Here we report on global prosodic features of sarcastic speech in a corpus of declarative French utterances. Our data show that sarcastic productions are characterized by utterance lengthening, by increased F0 modulations and a global raising of the pitch level and range. The results are discussed in the light of results on the acoustic features of ironic speech in languages other than French.

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Bibliographic reference.  Lœvenbruck, Hélène / Jannet, Mohamed Ameur Ben / D'Imperio, Mariapaola / Spini, Mathilde / Champagne-Lavau, Maud (2013): "Prosodic cues of sarcastic speech in French: slower, higher, wider", In INTERSPEECH-2013, 3537-3541.