14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Experimental Study of the Expression of Emotions and Attitudes in Four Languages

Olivier Piot

University of Paris III, Paris, France

This paper is a study of the prosodical means people with different cultural backgrounds use in order to express emotions, or convey attitudes in speech. An experiment was carried out in four languages (American English, Korean, Finnish, Vietnamese), in which a recording of a common corpus by two men and two women was made. It included two sentences, one of them being one word length (the first name «Natacha», or a translation of it, in a vocative context), the other one including a displacement of the speaker («OK, now, I'm going to the station to get that packet»). Thirteen attitudes were chosen, on the basis of our thesis work on the expression of attitudes in speech. The parameters measured were: amplitude, mean and final contour for F0 and intensity, as well as mean syllable duration.

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Bibliographic reference.  Piot, Olivier (1999): "Experimental study of the expression of emotions and attitudes in four languages", In ICPhS-14, 369-370.