Perception of non-verbal emotional listener feedback

Marc Schröder, Dirk K.J. Heylen, Isabella Poggi

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    This paper reports on a listening test assessing the perception of short non-verbal emotional vocalisations emitted by a listener as feedback to the speaker. We clarify the concepts backchannel and feedback, and investigate the use of affect bursts as a means of giving emotional feedback via the backchannel. Experiments with German and Dutch subjects confirm that the recognition of emotion from affect bursts in a dialogical context is similar to their perception in isolation. We also investigate the acceptability of affect bursts when used as listener feedback. Acceptability appears to be linked to display rules for emotion expression. While many ratings were similar between Dutch and German listeners, a number of clear differences was found, suggesting language-specific affect bursts.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationSpeech Prosody 2006
    EditorsR. Hoffmann, H. Mixdorff
    Place of PublicationDresden
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)3-938863-57-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    EventSpeech Prosody 2006 - Dresden, Germany
    Duration: 2 May 20065 May 2006

    Publication series

    NameStudientexte zur Sprachkommunication
    PublisherTUDpress Delft
    Number1636734 (P
    ISSN (Print)0940-6832


    ConferenceSpeech Prosody 2006
    Other2-5 May 2006


    • EWI-9204
    • METIS-237953
    • IR-66918

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