Session Styles:

Speaking Styles and Expressive Speech

Type: oral
Chair: Cédric Gendrot
Date: Monday - August 06, 2007
Time: 13:20
Room: 5 (Blue)


Nick Campbell, NiCT
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  This paper describes how acoustic features of the voice vary according to social relationships between speakers, and proposes that voice quality is an important apsect of prosodic information which serves to carry this separate strand of affect-related information, in parallel with variation according to the linguistic information in a spoken discourse.
Styles-2 Cross-listening of Japanese, English and French social affect : about universals, false friends and unknown attitudes
Takaaki Shochi, Institut de la Communication Parlée, GIPSA-lab, CNRS UMR 5009
Véronique Aubergé, Institut de la Communication Parlée, GIPSA-lab, CNRS UMR 5009, UMAN-lab - Usages Marchés Attitudes Nanotech
Albert Rilliard, LIMSI CNRS, BP 133, 91403 Orsay Cedex, France
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  Seven affectively-neutral Japanese sentences as uttered with 12 different attitudes are investigated. The listeners were 15 Japanese listeners, 15 French listeners and 20 American listeners. Both non-native listeners had no Japanese language skill. They were asked to choose the speaker’s intended attitudes among the 12 attitudes. Results showed that Japanese listeners recognized all attitudes above chance, but there were some confusion, especially for the expressions of politeness (i.e. sincerity-politeness vs. kyoshuku). However, these two cultural politeness expressions are not recognized by French and American listeners. Especially kyoshuku, a type of politeness that does not occur as conventional expression in occidental society, was incorrectly decoded by French and American listeners, they recognized this politeness as arrogance or irritation.
Styles-3 Effects of Random Splicing on Listeners' Perceptions
Mihoko Teshigawara, The University of Tokushima
Noam Amir, Tel Aviv University
Ofer Amir, Tel Aviv University
Edna Milano Wlosko, Tel Aviv University
Meital Avivi, Tel Aviv University
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  Twenty-one Hebrew speakers listened to speech excerpts of 27 Japanese cartoon voices in the random-spliced and non-manipulated conditions and rated their impressions of physical and personality traits, emotional states, and vocal characteristics on 7-point scales. The correspondence of ratings between the two manipulation conditions was examined by calculating Pearson’s correlations for individual participants, and for the mean ratings across participants. Cronbach’s alpha was also calculated to assess inter-rater reliability. Possibilities of systematic biases introduced by the random-splicing technique are discussed.

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