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Ishi C.T.,Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories ATR | Hatano H.,Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories ATR | Hagita N.,Intelligent Robotics and Communication Laboratories ATR
Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Speech Prosody, SP 2012 | Year: 2012

Mono-syllabic interjections are often used to express a reaction in conversational speech. It is known that there is relationship between the speaking style, given by intonation and voice quality-related prosodic features, and the paralinguistic information carried by an interjection. However, it is also known that this relationship is dependent on the interjection type. In the present work, we analyzed the relationship between speaking style and the conveyed paralinguistic information item for several mono-syllabic interjection types in Japanese. Evaluation results show that acoustic parameters related to intonation and voice quality features in conjunction with the identity of the interjection are effective for disambiguating 71% of the paralinguistic information items.

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