15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003

The Suprasegmental Aspects in the Verbal Responses of the Rorschach Inkblot Test: A Case Study

Hideko Yamasaki

Laboratoire de Phonétique et Phonologie-CNRS, France

The present study is a first step in examining the prosodic aspects of the verbal responses to the Rorschach inkblot test. The results suggest a possible relation between the prosodic features in the responses and the psychological-emotional states of two subjects. For both subjects, the mean F0 of the first sentences for three cards (II,V,X) was significantly higher than their normal values. Moreover, in the subject who was confident in giving her responses, the mean duration of the positive emotion words, was significantly higher than those for the negative emotion words. We also observed a prominent pitch range for the card, which she chose as her favourite one. The results of these primary experiments support an interest for a new method of analysis of the Rorschach discourse based on phonetic knowledge and paralinguistic information conveyed by the speech signal.

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Bibliographic reference.  Yamasaki, Hideko (2003): "The suprasegmental aspects in the verbal responses of the Rorschach inkblot test: a case study", In ICPhS-15, 3225-3228.