Perception by Japanese, Korean and American listeners to a Korean speaker`s recollection of past emotional events: Some acoustic cues

Donna Erickson, Showa Music University

Acoustic and perceptual analyses of spontaneous Korean were made of a Korean woman recalling past emotional events in her life. A subset of 20 single word utterances and 20 isolated vowels were presented to Japanese, American and Korean listeners who were asked to (1) rate the intensity of the perceived emotion and (2) identify the perceived emotion. Listeners could rate intensity and identify emotion of even short utterances, including only vowels. There are differences in identification of emotion by Japanese, American and Korean listeners, presumably due to different modes of processing --native speakers seem to approach the task linguistically while non-speakers of the language, approach it non-linguistically. Also, we found cross-linguistic differences in interpretation of acoustic cues in the speech signal.