Gender Differences on the Perception and Production of Utterances with Willingness and Reluctance in Chinese

Wenqian Li, Janice W S Wong, Jung Yueh Tu

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    Abstract

    This study intends to explore the effects of gender differences on the perception and production of emotional intonation with willingness and reluctance. In the perceptual study, 20 native Mandarin listeners were instructed to rate perceived degree of willingness from the utterances (with willingness, reluctance, and neutrality) produced by 6 native Mandarin speakers. The rating results showed that 1) utterances of willingness and reluctance were more accurately perceived than those of neutrality; 2) female listeners were better at perceiving emotional intonation; 3) female speakers' utterances tend to be perceived as willing attitude. In the acoustic analysis, we selected the utterances which were validly rated and further analyzed their acoustic features, including fundamental frequency, amplitude, and speaking rate. Our findings suggest significant effects of gender on the perception and production of Chinese utterances with willingness and reluctance.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Proceedings
    Place of PublicationBarcelona, Spain
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages7154-7158
    Number of pages5
    ISBN (Electronic)9781509066315
    ISBN (Print)9781509066322
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2020
    Event2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020 - Barcelona, Spain
    Duration: 4 May 20208 May 2020

    Publication series

    NameICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
    Volume2020-May
    ISSN (Print)1520-6149
    ISSN (Electronic)2379-190X

    Conference

    Conference2020 IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing, ICASSP 2020
    Country/TerritorySpain
    CityBarcelona
    Period4/05/208/05/20

    Scopus Subject Areas

    • Software
    • Signal Processing
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    User-Defined Keywords

    • acoustic features
    • Gender differences
    • perception
    • reluctance
    • willingness

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