Voice Quality Variation and the Perception of Affect: Continuous or Categorical?
NI CHASAIDE, AILBHE
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Citation:Ryan, C., Ni Chasaide, A. and Gobl, C., Voice Quality Variation and the Perception of Affect: Continuous or Categorical?, Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, 2003, 2409 - 2412
This paper explores the mapping of voice quality to affect, for a synthesised tense ? lax voice continuum. Two questions are of interest. Firstly, over such a continuum, do listeners? attributions of affect change in a continuous or in a more categorical way? Secondly, might discreetly different affects emerge at different points in the continuum: specifically, might a moderately tense voice cue happy? Note that extremely tense does not appear to, but seems rather to be associated with the affect angry. A continuum of stimuli were synthesised ranging from a very tense quality at one end to a very lax quality at the other. Listeners rated their affective colouring in terms of the pairs of affective attributes: stressed/relaxed, angry/content, happy/sad, interested/bored, formal/intimate, and indignant/ apologetic. Results suggest that, for these voice qualities, listeners? attribution of affect is essentially continuous. Furthermore, moderate tension does not evoke happy.
Other Titles:Proceedings of the 15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences