Affective prosody in European Portuguese: Perceptual and acoustic characterization of one-word utterances

Marisa G. Filipe*, Paulo Branco, Sónia Frota, São Luís Castro, Selene G. Vicente

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Abstract

A perceptual and acoustic characterization was provided on the expression of liking and disliking in the European Portuguese language. Thirty participants identified vocal patterns and judged the intensity of expressed affect in one-word items recorded by six untrained speakers. Listeners consistently associated vocal profiles with the two emotional patterns of liking and disliking. However, liking intonation was easier to recognize than disliking intonation. The feature most commonly associated with liking intonation was a wider and higher F0 pattern and a rising-falling contour. For disliking, the results revealed a flatter melodic pattern with a fall into the stressed syllable yielding a low plateau. In sum, both prosodic patterns showed different and consistent correlates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-64
Number of pages7
JournalSpeech Communication
Volume67
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2015

Keywords

  • Acoustic features
  • Affective prosody
  • Disliking
  • Liking
  • Perceptual features

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications

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