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Re: emotional tone

Dear Bill,

A few months ago, the LDC released a corpus containing emotional speech
(and prosodic transcripts) for the English language. I'm not sure which
variant of English, I suspect it might be American English. (I suppose
there will be a language dependence issue for emotional prosody).

I've attached the release anouncement (advertised on the LINGUIST list).
It contains a link to the product on the LDC website.

Best wishes,


Christel de Bruijn
Department of Human Communication Sciences
University of Sheffield
31 Claremont Crescent
Sheffield S10 2TA
United Kingdom

phone: (+44) (0)114 22 22410
fax:   (+44) (0)114 27 30547
e-mail: christel@larynx.shef.ac.uk

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Date:  Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:46:44 -0400
From:  LDC Office <ldc@ldc.upenn.edu>
Subject:  New Release from the LDC

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Date:  Wed, 24 Jul 2002 12:46:44 -0400
From:  LDC Office <ldc@ldc.upenn.edu>
Subject:  New Release from the LDC

       *   Emotional Prosody Speech and Transcripts   *

The Linguistic Data Consortium (LDC) is pleased to announce the
availability of the Emotional Prosody Speech and Transcripts corpus.
This five disc publication contains audio recordings and corresponding
transcripts designed to support research in emotional prosody. The
recordings consist of professional actors reading a series of
semantically neutral utterances (dates and numbers) spanning fourteen
distinct emotional categories.

The Prosody Recordings Project aims to capture the aspects of speech
(emotion, intonation) that are lacking in the written form of a
message. In these experiments, simple phrases are expressed in ways
that reflect varied contexts. The same phrase might be used to answer
different questions, address listeners at varying distances from the
speaker, or express distinct emotional states.

For further information, including a sample transcript and a link to
the Prosody Recordings Project, please visit:


Institutions that have membership in the LDC during the 2002
Membership Year will be able to receive this corpus free of charge.
Nonmembers may purchase this publication for $1500.

If you need additional information before placing your order, or
would like to inquire about membership in the LDC, please send email to
<ldc@ldc.upenn.edu> or call (215) 573-1275.

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