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

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

Recognition of Vocal Expression of Emotions in Japanese: Using the Interjection “eh”

Yasuko Hayashi

Kanazawa University, Kanazawa, Japan

Seven dialogues each including the interjection “eh” as spoken by two males and two females were recorded. All the speakers were native Japanese. The “dialogues” were spoken in the following semantic contexts: “affirmation,” “postponement,” “wonder,” “doubt,” “disappointment,” “asking again,” and “hesitation.” The interjection “eh”s then were isolated from the dialogues and presented singly to Japanese listeners. They were asked to guess what kind of emotion each “eh” expressed. Their responses were generally congruent with the original contexts. Some variation of the answers were due to the particular F0 contour. These results suggested that the F0 contour conveyed substantial information about emotions.

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Bibliographic reference.  Hayashi, Yasuko (1999): "Recognition of vocal expression of emotions in Japanese: using the interjection “eh”", In ICPhS-14, 2355-2358.