Sounds of Personality : Inference from Voices by Non-Native Speakers

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference 2019
PublisherIEEE
Pages1795-1799
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132488
ISBN (Print)9781728132495
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

Publication series

NameAsia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC
ISSN (Print)2640-009X
ISSN (Electronic)2640-0103

Conference

Title2019 Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC 2019
PlaceChina
CityLanzhou
Period18 - 21 November 2019

Abstract

People listen to get information in oral communication, and may consciously or unconsciously draw inferences on speakers based on their voices. A variety of phonetic cues have been found relevant in perceiving personalities from speech. This correlation has been documented in research involving native speech perception, though perceptual judgements on personality parameters were reported varying across cases. The tendency and sensitivity in voice perception has also attracted attention on non-native communication, where both language proficiency and language-specific features are considered influential as well. It is thus interesting to examine if similar or different sets of phonetic cues may affect non-native listeners' assessment of voices and personality.

This study examined English-as-a-second-language (ESL) speakers' listening comprehension and perception of personality when listening to speech samples in American English. Speech extracts were modified to include variations in temporal and spectral dimensions. Results show that modification to pitch seemed beneficial to improve ESL listeners' comprehension accuracy. The modification also resulted in more favorable judgement of personality traits. Changes to the speaking rate yielded similar positive correlation with comprehension and personality judgement.

Research Area(s)

  • SPEECH RATE, IMPRESSION, QUALITY

Citation Format(s)

Sounds of Personality : Inference from Voices by Non-Native Speakers. / Li, Bin; Guan, Yihan; Chen, Si.

Proceedings of APSIPA Annual Summit and Conference 2019. IEEE, 2019. p. 1795-1799 9023033 (Asia-Pacific Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference, APSIPA ASC).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review