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

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

F0-Contours in Emotional Speech

Astrid Paeschke, M. Kienast, Walter F. Sendlmeier

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany

Emotions influence a person's way of speaking, and it is possible to identify the emotional state of a speaker by merely listening to spoken utterances. The purpose of this study is to distinguish between basic emotions by prosodic features, in particular by characteristics of the fundamental frequency (F0). In addition to the measurement of global features (e.g. average F0 or frequency range) a number of more detailed features are examined. These parameters among others are the direction and steepness of F0 changes on syllable level and the F0 contour over whole utterances after a stylization procedure. Furthermore, the intrasyllabic F0 contour without stylization is investigated. The majority of the results can be used to distinguish between the emotions fear, anger, happiness, sadness, boredom, and disgust.

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Bibliographic reference.  Paeschke, Astrid / Kienast, M. / Sendlmeier, Walter F. (1999): "F0-contours in emotional speech", In ICPhS-14, 929-932.