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Asymmetries in cross-linguistic emotion recognition


Choi,  Jiyoun
International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Language Comprehension Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;


Broersma,  Mirjam
Language Comprehension Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;

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Choi, J., Broersma, M., & Goudbeek, M. (2012). Asymmetries in cross-linguistic emotion recognition. Poster presented at the 18th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP 2012), Riva del Garda, Italy.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-000F-EF47-5
This study investigates the occurrence of asymmetries in cross-linguistic recognition of emotion in speech. Theories on emotion recognition do not predict any asymmetries in the cross-linguistic recognition of emotion: if a particular emotion expressed by e.g. a Korean speaker is difficult to interpret for a Dutch listener, the same emotion expressed by a Dutch speaker should be equally difficult for a Korean listener. This study investigates whether that is indeed the case. Previous studies have established that certain emotions are more accurately recognized cross-linguistically than others, and that language-typological similarity facilitates cross-linguistic emotion recognition, but were unsuitable for assessing asymmetrical recognition patterns.