International workshop on audio-visual affective prosody in social interaction & second language learning

(AVAP 2015)

Bordeaux, 5 and 6 March 2015

Takaaki Shochi

Perceptual evaluation of spoken Japanese attitudes

co-authors: Dominique Fourer, Jean-Luc Rouas, Guerry Marine, Albert Rilliard

The aim of the present work is to investigate whether the Japanese listeners can recognize before the end of utterances various social affective meanings expressed by a speaker. 28 native Japanese subjects participated in the experiment. For this experiment, one sentence consisting of 3 moras is uttered in 8 different social affects. Each affective expression is produced by 4 native Japanese speakers (2 male, 2 female) selected as the best performers by native listeners. These 16 utterances are segmented in three gates -- that correspond to the three moras, adding white noise after a given gate position. The results show a significant effect of gate on recognition scores.