Laughter annotations in conversational speech corpora - possibilities and limitations for phonetic analysis

Khiet Phuong Truong, Jürgen Trouvain

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    Abstract

    Existing laughter annotations provided with several publicly available conversational speech corpora (both multiparty and dyadic conversations) were investigated and compared. We discuss the possibilities and limitations of these rather coarse and shallow laughter annotations. There are definition issues to be considered with respect to speech-laughs and the segmentation of laughs: what constitutes one laugh, and when does a laugh start and end? Despite these issues, some durational and voicing analyses can be performed. We found for all corpora considered that overlapping laughs are longer in duration and are generally more voiced than non-overlapping laughs. For a finer-grained acoustic analysis, we find that a manual re-labeling of the laughs adhering to a more standardized laughter annotations protocol would be optimal.
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    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion Sentiment and Social Signals (ES3 2012)
    Place of PublicationParis, France
    PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)
    Pages20-24
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Print)not assigned
    Publication statusPublished - May 2012

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    PublisherEuropean Language Resources Association (ELRA)

    Keywords

    • IR-80908
    • METIS-287942
    • EC Grant Agreement nr.: FP7/231287
    • conversational speech corpora
    • EWI-22080
    • Laughter

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    Truong, K. P., & Trouvain, J. (2012). Laughter annotations in conversational speech corpora - possibilities and limitations for phonetic analysis. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion Sentiment and Social Signals (ES3 2012) (pp. 20-24). Paris, France: European Language Resources Association (ELRA).
    Truong, Khiet Phuong ; Trouvain, Jürgen. / Laughter annotations in conversational speech corpora - possibilities and limitations for phonetic analysis. Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion Sentiment and Social Signals (ES3 2012). Paris, France : European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 2012. pp. 20-24
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    Truong, KP & Trouvain, J 2012, Laughter annotations in conversational speech corpora - possibilities and limitations for phonetic analysis. in Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion Sentiment and Social Signals (ES3 2012). European Language Resources Association (ELRA), Paris, France, pp. 20-24.

    Laughter annotations in conversational speech corpora - possibilities and limitations for phonetic analysis. / Truong, Khiet Phuong; Trouvain, Jürgen.

    Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion Sentiment and Social Signals (ES3 2012). Paris, France : European Language Resources Association (ELRA), 2012. p. 20-24.

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    Truong KP, Trouvain J. Laughter annotations in conversational speech corpora - possibilities and limitations for phonetic analysis. In Proceedings of the 4th International Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion Sentiment and Social Signals (ES3 2012). Paris, France: European Language Resources Association (ELRA). 2012. p. 20-24